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Retired Navy nurse Capt. Virginia R. Beeson was bestowed the honor of receiving the 2021 Spirit of Hope Award for her contributions and support to the caregivers of the Navy’s Wounded Warrior program, which is managed by CNIC.
Established in 1997, the award is presented to individuals or organizations that embody the core values of Mr. Bob Hope, who gave generously to military men and women for five decades.
“She truly exemplifies the qualities of patriotism, generosity and selfless dedication to caregivers of the Navy’s wounded, ill and injured,” said Ed Cannon, director of CNIC’s Fleet & Family Readiness. “She has dedicated her time and talent to improving their quality of life by providing resources and facilitating discussions designed to support them in their caregiver role.”
After meeting a staff member from the Navy’s Wounded Warrior program, Beeson volunteered her time, expertise and efforts through several initiates in 2020 during the ongoing pandemic.
“The teamwork in Navy Medicine is unmatched by anything I’ve seen in the civilian world,” said Beeson. “How dedicated our military men and women are. The importance of serving your country. It's never about ‘you.’ It's always about serving other people, in my case, patients and staff.”
A few of Beeson’s significant contributions include:
With over 45 years of experience in healthcare, Beeson served as a Navy nurse for most of her career, a nurse manager, director of Navy Medicine’s Leadership Development Program, and as the deputy director of the Navy Nurse Corps.
“Make the most of every opportunity,” said Beeson. “I got the chance to do so many wonderful things because when they asked for volunteers, I raised my hand.”
Beeson retired from the Navy in June 2003 as the chief nurse executive at The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where she was lauded as the “Nurses’ Nurse” by staff.
“Whatever you do, give your very best,” said Beeson. “You can do anything you want to if you put your mind to it. Always do the right thing, even and especially when it's hard. Never compromise on your values. Have fun at your work and make it fun for others.”
CNIC is comprised of approximately 52,000 military and civilian personnel worldwide responsible for the operations, maintenance and quality of life programs to support the Navy's fleet, Sailors and their families.
For more about the Navy's shore enterprise, visit: http://www.cnic.navy.mil.
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