There are so many ways to honor the service of our military's veterans.  Whether big or small, we applaud any effort to honor these folks for their service to their country.

Recently a new President and CEO was named of the UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton.  His name is Rolland "Boomer" Bojo, Jr.  When he took over his position one of his very first acts was to create two convenient parking spots at the hospital to be used solely by our veterans.

On Friday, July 16 approximately 20 veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, the Walton Vets Club and The Southern Tier Chapter of the Nam Knights came out to meet Boomer and see the sign.  Boomer addressed the veterans and said, “We live in the greatest country in the world, and that is because of people like you. We appreciate everything you have done and the least we could do to show you some recognition was to create these specially designated parking spaces.”

Walton Mayor Ed Snow, a Vietnam veteran, spoke about how those veterans received no respect at the time of their service and were even being called baby killers. He spoke of “how great it is to have this turnaround and this respect being shown here in Walton.” Joe Cetta, Walton Town Supervisor and a Marine veteran, welcomed Boomer to Walton and explained how people considering a move to the area ask about available healthcare and he is proud “to tell them of the gem Delaware Valley Hospital is to the community.”

We congratulate Boomer and the whole staff at the UHS DVH for their commitment to our area and to their appreciation of the sacrifices of our veterans.

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