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John J. Pershing VA receives 10,000 masks as donation

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POPLAR BLUFF (WSIL) -- The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO received a large PPE donation Monday.

The United States Exercise Tiger Foundation (USTF) in partnership with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Office of the Governor, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Kingdom Pilots' Association (KPA) provided 10,000 masks for the medical center.

"We are grateful to receive these supplies to help keep our veterans safe when they come for appointments," said VA Interim Medical Center Director, Paul Hopkins. "Veterans are noted for their commitment to protecting their colleagues, and these masks will help safeguard them and their families as our nation fights this terrible virus."

The "Mask-a-Vet" Campaign is unique to Missouri and is the largest humanitarian mission in the organization's history, according to USTF officials.

USTF also presented two employees with medals and certificates of appreciation for their help with coordinating this project.  They gave the director a Distinguished VA Hospital Award for the medical center, too. 

In turn, the John J. Pershing VA director presented the volunteer pilots with a commemorative director’s coin, in keeping with military tradition.

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Kenzie Dillow is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at News 3 WSIL. She joined the team in 2016 as a video editor, moved into a Producer role in 2017 and took over the SMDCM position in 2021. Kenzie graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Advertising.

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