We were so grateful to be present for the ceremony in Knoxville, TN celebrating my brother’s retirement from the US Navy Reserve. Capt. Jefferey R. Jernigan served as an anesthesiologist in the Medical Corps for over twenty years, and served six months of active duty in Iraq in 2007.
Here he is holding the flag that was flown over the White House in honor of his service, and here’s another one of him presenting his wife Carol with a bouquet in appreciation of her unwavering support over all these years. He was really smart to marry her, by the way.
Being in the USNR required that he spend one weekend each month and two weeks per year away from his family, and that’s in addition to being a full time anesthesiologist in the civilian world. Besides all of this, they raised two children and are now grandparents twice over, so Carol really deserves those flowers! Now he can go back to being “just” a busy doctor–and fishing buddy to his grandson Wally.
In his remarks, Jeff quoted John F. Kennedy with these words. “Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, ‘I served in the United States Navy,’ ” adding that it was “an honor and a privilege” to serve his country in the Medical Corps. Knowing my brother, these are more than just words in a speech. In our family, we all understand how true this has been for him, how he has taken this duty to heart for over two decades, and as one who knows and loves him well–I am so proud!
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