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Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital hosts Veterans Appreciation Dinner

PHOTO PROVIDED Students from Jersey Shore Elementary School provided hand-made decorations and thank-you card for the Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital.

JERSEY SHORE — Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital hosted its inaugural Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday evening.

Hosting 97 people, hospital leadership served veterans and their families a roast beef dinner, complete with mashed potatoes, vegetables and pie. Veterans from Lycoming and Clinton counties were invited for the free dinner in appreciation of their service and sacrifice.

Students from Jersey Shore Elementary school created decorations for the event, including hand-made thank you cards to share with the dinner attendees.

The Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital appreciation meal was one of three hosted by Geisinger this month, with the others at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger Lewistown Hospital.

Geisinger was recently recognized for its commitment to U.S. military veterans and their families by being named to VIQTORY’s 2020 list of Military Friendly Employers.

PHOTO PROVIDED Robert and Peggy Mahaffey, of Linden, front, and Wayne and Dianna Kinley, of Jersey Shore, back, attended the inaugural Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner at the hospital on Wednesday night.

Further strengthening this commitment, Geisinger also announced a new, two-week paid leave benefit for employees serving in the Reserves or the National Guard, effective Sept. 15. Under the new leave policy, service members employed by Geisinger will be paid for time at annual trainings, encampments and drills. Both part- and full-time employees employed by Geisinger for at least six months are eligible for the benefit.

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