I'd like to introduce you to my best friend, Kathy Groce. She's been my friend since way back in the '80's when we worked in coronary care at Mercy Hospital back when the nuns still ran it and we cared about the people we were intrusted with. We've gone many different ways since then in our careers but we always stay connected with one another.
Kathy joined the Air Force soon after we became friends. She served in the Gulf War and has been to Iraq twice in the ongoing war. When the disaster from Katrina hit, Kathy and her Air Force group (I don't know what the name is for a group in the service) went to New Orleans to assist in whatever way possible. She told me once that it was more difficult to do what she had to do in New Orleans than it was to go to the War in Iraq. I have never known anyone so courageous, dedicated or caring. I admire the way she takes care of her aging parents, helps people in emotional distress and has never let me down--not ever.
So on this upcoming Fourth of July, as I celebrate my country's freedom, I also celebrate my friendship with Kathy who is part of the brave men and women who continue to keep us from harm and care for us along the way.
Here's to Kathy. Happy Fourth of July.