Veterans talk about what the holiday means to them

The greatest service

If he was 18, Kevin Siegmund would enlist in the military again.

Siegmund, who now works in Information Technology at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS), retired from the United States Army in 2005 after serving for 21 years. He served in five overseas assignments, including Turkey, Iraq and in Asia.

“At some point, all veterans signed a blank check to our nation and we weren’t really sure what it was for until we were in the middle of it,” Siegmund said. “That takes an element of courage that I greatly respect.”

Siegmund is one of more than 250 veterans who work or volunteer throughout Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. These associates are being honored during a Veterans Day ceremony and luncheon on Friday, Nov. 11, at Spartanburg Medical Center.

“Throughout our country’s history, brave men and women have answered the call of duty to defend our nation,” said Bruce Holstien, CEO of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. “Veterans Day is a time to remember and pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. As American’s we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to our veterans, who during peace or war, have demonstrated steadfast commitment guarding our cherished principals. Many of our SRHS family have served in the military, and I would like to extend my personal thanks to all of you for your courage and service. We are grateful.”

Originally commemorated as Armistice Day, the holiday marked the end of World War I. The Allies and Germany signed the armistice officially ending the war on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

Tim Fagan, a veteran of the Marines and Air Force who works in SRHS’s quality department, especially remembers those who fought in World War I.

“On Veterans Day, I think of how the day originated. The United States joined the war because they had a sense of duty to the world, though we weren’t in imminent danger,” Fagan said. 

SRHS civilian associates also took time to thank veterans.

“Veterans Day is an amazingly special day set aside to thank our veterans — actually they are heroes,” said Tiffany Wilson, who works on 5South at Spartanburg Medical Center. “We’re able to thank them for dedicated their lives for us without asking for anything in return; all for our freedom and democracy.”

What our veterans and associates said:

“I was part of the Army Nurse Corps, where I had the honor of caring for our veterans and preserving the fighting force. Your work as a nurse is the same as a civilian, but you’re a soldier first. It’s important to remember veterans every day, not just on Veterans Day.”

–Tammy Tackett, Cardiology

“I am retired from the United State Air Force and am proud to say that I’m a Vietnam Veteran. Veterans Day is a privilege that all Americans should participate in. We live in a country that anyone would say is the freest country in the world, and we should protect those rights. I would say thank you to fellow veterans from the bottom of my heart. Whatever branch of service, we’re all one brother and sisterhood with one goal in mind: to protect our freedoms and rights of this county.”

–Bob Forward, Security

“I was in the Army for four years and was stationed at Fort Bragg. My husband was also stationed at Fort Bragg and he retired four years ago. I have a daughter who is nearing the end of her National Guard duty and determining what she wants to do next. The military is a family tradition.”

–Suzanne Sutton, Resource Pool

“I served in the United States Army with two deployments, and my father was in the 82nd Airborne Division. Freedom isn’t free, and on Veterans Day we thank those who put their lives on the line.”

–Tracey Graham, Information Services  

“I served in the United States Army and I was stationed at Fort Bragg and in Germany. I worked in personnel, which has translated to a position here at SRHS. The best thing I learned, other than being dedicated to what you do, is team building. We worked together, and one man didn’t stop the show.”

–Kimberly Westley, Supervisor of Patient Access Account

“On Veterans Day, I remember the sacrifices that my family and other members of the military have made so that we can live in such a great nation.”

–Eric Longino, Human Resources

Spartanburg Regional honors the sacrifices of all who have served our country, and is thankful to those veterans who chose to continue their service as part of our staff.


Dustin Abele, Army

Andrew Alberry, Army

Jessica Allison, Air Force

Jamie Ammerman, Army

Douglas Anglin, Marines

Summer Arias, Navy

Robert Arnett, Air Force

Lori Ashmore, Army

James Atkins, Navy

Jesse Atkins, Marines

Douglas Babb, Air Force

Susan Bagley, Navy

Jack Baker, Army

Tara Barber, Navy

Richard Barnett, Navy

Jay Bearden, MD, Navy

Michael J. Bell, Navy

Doug Benecke, Army

John Bible, Army

Jerome Blakely, Army

Christopher Bobo, Army

Richard Boudreau, Army

Clifford W. Bowers III, Army

Zackary Bradley, Navy

Wesley Brantley, Army

Christopher Brendle, Army

Ervin Brewster, Army

Tacita Brewton, Army

Steve Bright, Marines

Gail Brown, Army

Hollie Brown, Marines

Timothy Brown, DO, Army

Mike Bullman. Army

David Burgess, Army

Richard Burgess, Air Force

Todd Burnette, Air Force

William Calton, Army

Laura Campbell, Army

Jason Cantrell, Air Force

Todd Carter, Army

Greg Catoe, Air Force

Diane Christopher, Army

Kelli Clune, Air Force

David Clyburn, Army

Chuck Cobb, Air Force

John Cole, Marines

Ponice Coleman, Army

Mary Connell, Army

Andrew Cooke, Air Force

Steve Corso, Army

Robert Crisman, Navy

Jerry Cudd, Army

Jennifer Culbreth, Army

Jeffrey Cummings, Navy

Bradley Daley, Navy

Luci Daley, Army

John Dargan, Navy

Glenn Davis, Army

Randy Davis, Army

Ty Davis, Marines

Charli de Jong, Army

Gerald Deel, Navy

Wanda DeShields, Army

Kenneth DeWalt, Navy

Johnny Dias, Army

Gwen Dillard, Navy

Bob Donnan, Army

Ursula Dyer

Aroderick Earle, Marines

Gregory L. Elder, Navy

Brian Ellis, Army

Adam Elmore, Marines

Michael Enright, Navy

Patrick Esposito, Army

Andrea Evans, Army

Duane Evans, Air Force

Tim Fagan, Marines and Air Force

John Falcon, Army

Sherry Finleyson, Air Force

Steven Fish, Air Force

Carlos Fonte, Marines

Bob Ford, Air Force

Gracie Foster, Army

William Foster, Army

Jerry Fowler, Army

Gabe Gaertner, Army

John Gallagher, MD, Coast Guard

Lucy Gansauer, Air Force

Kyle Garbart, Navy

Lyell Garland, Army

Jimmie Garner, Marines

Devonne Gerstenacker, Marines

Latasha Gooden, Army

Sandra Goodman, Army

Scott Gosnell, Navy

Walter Grady, Air Force

Tracey Graham, Army

Tracy Grant, Air Force

Brian Guernsey, Army

Zachary Guida, Army

Audrey Guinn, Army

Kinsy Hall, Army

Phillip Hanna, Navy

John Harris, Navy

Brittany Head, Army

Linda Hellebrand, Navy

Chris Henderson, Air Force

Hank Hill, Army and Air Force

Roger Hill, Army

Joel Hocker, Navy

Amy Holder, Marines

Scott Hovis, MD, Army and Marines

Jackie Humphries, Air Force

Dwight Hylton, Army

James Inman, Army

Barbara Jackson, Army

Curtis Jackson, Navy

Jacob Fountain, Army

Debbie Jank, Air Force

Ronald Januchowski, Army

Charles Jennings, Air Force

Michael Johnson, Army

Rodney Johnson, Army

Robert Jones, Air Force

Julian Josey, MD, Army

Randy Joye, Air Force

Bruce Keenon, Army

Jack Kendrick, Air Force

Lester Kennedy, Army

William Kerfoot, Navy

Victoria Kilcawley, Army

Vince Kish, Air Force

Randy Knox, Army

Peter J. Kobes, Air Force

Ladia Konz, Navy

Christopher Kuss, Marines

Crystal Lallement, Army

Randy Lamkin, Air Force

Joshua Lance, Navy

Timothy Lanning, Navy

Danny Lee, Army

David Lee, Army

Jay Lemmons, Army

Eddie Leonard, Army

Thomas Leong

Paul Lepage, Army

Corey Lyles, Air Force

Jasmine Lyles, Army

Joe Mackey, Navy

Rosa Maguire, Air Force

Chris Malloch, Marines

Hilda Martin, Army

Bryan May, Air Force

John McAbee, Army

Quentin McClintock, Army

Austin McJunkins, Air Force

Shaunte Means, Army

Scott Meyer, Marines

Kay Miller, Army

Marilyn Miller, Army

Scott Miller, Army

Shelia Miller, Army

Kevin Mings, Navy

Paul Minnix, Marines

Garry Moore, Navy

Josh Moore, Navy

Deborah Morton, Army

Roquontra Morton, Army

Rachael Moss, Army

Darlene Myles, Navy

Vladimir Napechnik, Navy

Rick Nelson, Air Force

William Norman, Navy

Dea Norton, Navy

Marcia Parra, Air Force

Rondey Peake, Navy

Everette Pearson, Navy

Andrea Perry, Army

John Phillips, Navy and Air Force

Kim Pickett, Marines

Terry Pogue, Army

Finley Pollard, Army

David Pope, Army

Michael Porter, Navy

Greg Powell, Navy

David Price, Army and Navy

Roy Raines, Army

Julie Rakes, Army

Andrea Rambo, Air Force

Lauren Rauscher, Navy

Roger Ravan, Army

Samuel and Reid, Army

Sundai Rembacki,

Mark Reynolds, Marines

James Riley, Army

Michael Riordan, Coast Guard

Rigoberto Rivera, Air Force

Joseph Roque, Army

David Sage, Air Force

Ronald Sample, Army

Bob Scherer, Air Force

Carl Scibetta, Army and Air Force

Sonya Scott, Army

Nichole Sellers, Marines

Eddie Shelton, Army

Nathan Shields, Army

Julie Shugart, Army

Kevin Siegmund, Army

Debbie Simmons, Air Force

Keith Sirmans, Army

Chris Skinner, Army

Robtees Smith, Navy

Jack Spann, Marines

Drew Steiner, Army

James Stephens, Army

Gregory Stevens, Air Force

James Story, Army

Jeff Straub, Navy

Roger Suber, Army

Suzanne Sutton, Army

Lisa Swann, Navy

Tamara Tackett, Army

Donald Taylor, Army

Jason Taylor, Air Force

Robert Taylor, Army

Reginald J. Thomas, Army

Andrew Thompson, Air Force

Jim Thompson, Army

Tanya Thompson, Navy

Wayne Timmons, Air Force

Robert Toney, Army

Ryan Tracy, Navy

Jim Turmel, Air Force

Paul Varner, Navy

Phil Walden, Army

Jeff Walker, Marines

Joe Walker, Army

John Walker, Army

Jennifer Walsh, Navy

Boyce Ward, Air Force

Michael Watkins, Air Force

Greg Watson, Marines

Kenneth Webb, Air Force

Kimberly Westley, Army

John White, Army

Gail Whiteaker, Army

Donnell Wilkins, Air Force

Dale Willenburg, Army

Lanora Williams, Navy

Jason Wilson, Navy

Willette Wilson, Army

Robert Wolfe, Army

Will Woodruff, Navy

Brad Woods, Army

Donna Wright, Army

Monty Wright, Navy

John Yarborough, Army

John Yelton, Army

ShaReda Young, Army