Women veterans in Southwest Florida honored

Reporter: Erika Jackson Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A group is honoring the women military heroes of Southwest Florida.

Vietnam veteran Laurie Druyor worked as a military nurse in the Navy for 5 years.

She shared her experience with people at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda on Tuesday.

Druyor joined the Navy in 1965 because she wanted to see the world, and that’s where she met her husband.

She served time on a hospital ship about three miles off the coast.

Describing an experience on the ship, Druyor said, “Within a half-hour, we had 10 severely burned patients on board. And by the end of the day, we had 135 patients.”

Cards for veterans are now on display in the museum’s theater. They were made by high school students in Charlotte County and will be distributed to local women veterans to thank them for their service.

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