George A. Forgarty Scholarship Committee
Date: Jan 20, 2014
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for granting me the honor of receiving one of the George Fogarty Scholarships. This will be used this semester at my college as I am going through a sudden career change after being laid off suddenly after being at my job for almost 17 years. I have been back at college full time for 3 semesters now and my hopes will be to graduate as a certified medical coder (ICD-10) in the spring of 2015. With this Scholarship a great stress has been taken off of my mind how school was going to be paid for. I am greatly honored for this Scholarship.
Tina M. Johnson
Daughter of Palmer G. Johnson, C/3/22, 66-67
15 February 2014
3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry
Thank you for awarding me with the George A. Fogarty Scholarship! Sorry it has taken me so long to get this out to you, but I live a very busy life balancing school, work, family, and everything else life throws at me. The scholarship helped out tremendously and I am very thankful to you all for giving it to me. As you know I am the son of Joe and Donna Zweibohmer, I recently married the love of my life Carrie (Jacoby) Zweibohmer on September, 21 2013. We have a 23 month old daughter, Hayley, and she is the light of our life. It is sad to think that if not for the great sacrifice that George made I would not be here today to enjoy this wonderful life I have and would like to thank him for that. He not only fought and died for his country he gave life to myself and my 4 siblings.
As you may or may not know last April I was in an accident at my home near Elma. I was trying to burn some brush, but I couldn't get the brush to burn very good so I decided to throw a gas and oil mixture on it like I had done many times before. This time it didn't work so well, the flames followed the stream of gas back to the container I had it in and exploded all over me, which then caught me on fire. I got to spend the next 3 weeks at the University of Iowa Hospital in their burn unit. There I underwent 3 different surgeries for skin grafts since 13 percent of my body had sustained deep 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
Coming home was a bit of a challenge for me with all the therapy I had to do, dressing changes, pain, my daughter not really wanting to be around me, and the memories of myself being on fire. I also couldn't return to work for a good year since I worked around concrete and the powder would cause infection and dry my skin out. My employer at the time had stuff I could do but wouldn't allow me to do it since I was a liability to them, so they terminated my employment. That's when I decided to go back to school for nursing. I talked it over with my wife and she said that I should and that I would make a great nurse, so here I am in my second semester already!
My goal is to eventually get a job in LaCrosse Wisconsin at Gunderson Lutheran and obtain my BSN from Viterbo University in LaCrosse. I enjoy hunting and fishing and the Mississippi river isn't too far from LaCrosse! Once again thank you and wish you all the best of luck in the future. Thank you for your service, without your great sacrifices and heroism I would not be able to do what I am doing today. Thank you!