Veterans Day, November 11th of each year, gives us the opportunity to thank the individuals who have selflessly served in the United States armed forces to protect the security and freedom we enjoy each day. Consulate Health Care is privileged to have United States veterans in our care at several of our care centers. These individuals have made sacrifices to protect us from harm, and now we get to return the favor by respectfully taking care of them during their more vulnerable days.

We would like to take this occasion to recognize a couple of the veterans who we have the honor of serving.

Maurice Johnson, at Oakbridge Healthcare Center in Lakeland, Florida is a veteran of Normandy Beach and Battle of the Bulge, both part of World War II. Maurice has generously shared amazing war stories including how his bandolier (a pocketed belt for holding ammunition) stopped a German bullet from entering his heart! Maurice was even featured in a magazine article about his time serving our country in World War II.


Bradenton Health Care in Bradenton, Florida is honored to celebrate Charles “Charlie” Davis, who also served in World War II. Charles was a B-17 bomber pilot. Charlie and his crew of 10 flew 35 successful missions over Germany in a B-17 bomber they called Lucky Pierre. Charlie was recognized with a pinning ceremony at the care center, where he received an “Air Pin” in honor of those missions. Charlie is thankful for his wife, Gretchen, who kept the home fires burning while Charlie served his country.

We are thankful for the opportunity to take care of these heroes who have fought for our freedom. Thank you for allowing us to share your stories.