(Left to right) Darlanna Besecker, CNA, Nichole Smith, RN, Krystal Schiro, RN, and Sheila Colvin, RN pose with the flag that was flown on a military aircraft to honor the Chambersburg Hospital Family Birthing Services Unit.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Veteran’s Day is a time to honor and remember the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve our country.  But this Veteran’s Day, that sentiment is being reversed, as a Chambersburg Hospital Labor and Delivery nurse is honoring the Family Birthing Services unit for the sacrifices they made while she was serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Krystal Schiro, a registered nurse with Chambersburg Hospital’s Family Birthing Services, is there for some of the most memorable moments a family can experience, the birth of a new baby.  She’s also been there for hundreds of wounded soldiers as a flight nurse with the Air National Guard.

Last year, she was deployed to Germany from January through May, flying into combat zones in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and safely transporting and caring for 218 patients.

During one of those missions, Schiro honored Chambersburg Hospital Family Birthing Services through a military tradition, as a way to thank the unit for the sacrifices they made in her absence.

“Flying a flag on a military aircraft during a combat mission is a symbolic representation of the continuing patriotism and sacrifice that is made every day by the men and women who serve in the United States military,” Schiro explained.  “Presenting this flag to a family member or organization is frequently done in thanks of their sacrifice and support that they gave the service member while they were deployed and away from the normal day to day.”

Upon her return to work, Schiro presented the flag to Family Birthing Services.  While she faces a different set of challenges in her position at Chambersburg Hospital, at the end of the day, she says both jobs fulfill her desire to care for others.

“The best part about both jobs is having the opportunity to help people in need.  I enjoy being able to put my nursing knowledge and skills to use in order to help FBS patients and injured service members,” she explained.

For more information on Chambersburg Hospital Family Birthing services, please click here.

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