FORT MYERS, Fla.- A flag flown over Afghanistan now has a permanent home in Southwest Florida.
The stars and stripes are one surgeon's way of saying 'thank you' to those who supported him while he served his country.
From Health Park in Lee County, to Afghanistan and back, Dr. Charles Boggs has seen his share of operating rooms. But thanks to his colleagues, he had a little piece of home, while aiding soldiers on the front lines of war.
"Boggs you got another care package. Boggs got 8 care boxes. Oh my gosh, look at all the things you got. I want some of that!" Dr. Boggs beams with pride as he recounts all the love and support he received from co-workers while serving in Afghanistan.
Doctor Boggs took some time after surgery Monday morning to brag about his team. But it wasn't all talk, he had a special gift for them, too
"What this is is an American flag we flew over Fob Shank in honor of Lee Memorial Health System," Dr. Boggs explained in front of about a dozen colleagues and supporters on the surgical floor of Health Park Medical Center.
The Medical Army Reserve surgeon presented the flag as a way to say thank you for the support the staff showed him during his latest deployment to Afghanistan.
He spent nearly four months there tending to wounded soldiers and civilians.
"We're critical to the front line soldier," said Dr. Boggs. "We make the life saving moves that give soldiers the opportunity to live."
Dr. Boggs says the packages of candy, books and hygiene items brought some comfort and joy. And hospital staff hope to continue to spread that joy to others.
"We've been helping. We've sent 35,000 pounds of care packages and we've helped almost a thousand of of our local troops," said Kim Gaide, with the LMHS Military Support Program.
The Lee Memorial Health System Military Support Program is constantly sending out care packages. The group plans to make at least 50 more Tuesday evening, and volunteers are always looking for donations. Items needed for the care packages include candy and snacks, books and magazines, and basic hygiene items. For more information, contact the military support program at 239-209-6160.