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Soldiers reunite after 13 years at Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Fayetteville, Ga. (July 14, 2017) - When Kimberly Henderson woke up at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, she noticed a familiar name written on the board: Lorri. The spelling caught her attention. Minutes later, Lorri Hall, RN, walked in and immediately, the two long-lost army buddies recognized each other.

“What’s strange is that I’ve been in this hospital before, both in the emergency department and giving birth to my son” Henderson, who retired last month after 20 years in the service, said. “And typically, I wouldn’t have been on this floor either, but construction in another area of the hospital ended up putting me here.”

Henderson, her husband Elvis, and Hall met while serving in the Georgia National Guard in Marietta and soon were called to active duty in the United States Army to go to Iraq in April 2003. They served in the medical unit, caring for prisoners of war in Camp Bucca. Elvis later asked Hall to join him on an assignment at Tallil Air Base in Nasiriyah, Iraq caring for American troops.

“Elvis took great care of me, especially when we were deployed to Iraq,” said Hall. “I was an older soldier and not sure that I could handle it, but he made sure that I was following all the rules and regulations. He took great care of all of us.”

The friendship the three soldiers developed serving overseas blossomed into love for Elvis and Kimberly. While Elvis was stationed at Tallil, he ordered an engagement ring and proposed to Kimberly in her tent when he returned. They married in May 2005. As they moved around over the years serving in different locations, the couple fell out of touch with former colleagues like Hall but always hoped to reconnect.

“We’re lucky to have reconnected at all,” Henderson said.

The three promise another 13 years will not go by before they meet again. They have exchanged contact information and are working to reunite a larger group of soldiers that served in both Georgia and Iraq. 

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