Honoring those who served our country, and continue to serve today

November 08, 2019

As we head into the Veterans Day weekend, University Health System will honor the men and women who served, and sacrificed, defending our freedom.

A significant number of University Health System’s more than 9,000 staff members and physicians are veterans, and this annual tradition is a special way to pay tribute to them and to all veterans. As service members they put on their uniforms to protect our values and freedom. After they take off their uniforms, we’ve seen how these veterans take the lessons learned and the experiences gained to continue their service to our nation by strengthening our community.

The ceremony will include a keynote address and a special remembrance of former Bexar County Judge Blair “Bruzzy” Reeves, who served as a Marine in War War II and seriously wounded in the South Pacific theater. After the war, Justice Reeves went on to dedicate 35 years to public service and community advocacy.

Master of Ceremonies
Edward Cruz, Jr., Director, Supplier Diversity at University Health System and retired Master Sergeant, United States Marine Corps.
Keynote Speaker
Erik Zielinski, Acting Chief, Voluntary Services and Program Manager of the South Texas VA Fisher House. As a marine, he was part of the first forces on the ground in Afghanistan following the attacks on 9/11/2001 and also completed two tours in Iraq. Mr. Zielinski has earned 20 unit & personal awards for actions while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and various training and humanitarian operations.
When: 10 a.m. Friday, November 8
Where: University Hospital, 4502 Medical Drive, San Antonio