Submitted by Grace Healthcare Services in Edison, NJ
On November 11, 2021, Chaplain Cynthia C. Betts of Grace Healthcare Services in Edison, NJ presided over a Veteran’s Day service at Artis Senior Living in Brick, NJ. Pictured is Chaplain Betts presenting a certificate, pin, and hand-crocheted patriotic afghan to Captain Margaret Howe (Ret.) of the US Navy. Captain Howe, now 86, attended catholic schools and graduated with a five-year degree in Nursing, later going on to receive a Masters in Nursing from Columbia University. Captain Howe enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam war where she served as a nurse.
During those years she was on special assignment to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Nuclear Bomb Bunker.” Thankfully, this assignment was completed without loss or necessity. Captain Howe was honorably discharged from the Navy after four years, and went on to a long career in nursing at Arlington Hospital (now Virginia Hospital Center) in Arlington, VA.