One of Our Heroes Turns 100! - Chillicothe VA Medical Center
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One of Our Heroes Turns 100!

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November 22 is an important date to many for various reasons, but in 2020 it is the 100th Birthday of James Trimmer, World War II Veteran.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

November 22 is an important date to many for various reasons, but in 2020 it is the 100th Birthday of James Trimmer, World War II Veteran.

Mr. Trimmer entered the military on his 23rd birthday joining the Army Air Corp.  He spent his military career training tail gunners in Texas.  Like many WWII Veterans, when he returned home to Circleville, Ohio, he eagerly entered the workforce and married his sweetheart. 

Mr. Trimmer isn’t your typical 100-year-old.  He’s quite active and hard to keep down, just ask his daughter Linda.  Recently his wife Thelma, whom he was married to for 77 years, passed away and his loss struck a chord with his healthcare team at the Chillicothe VA.  They wanted to be sure that his upcoming milestone birthday was special and helped cheer up their always energetic and entertaining Veteran.

With a lot of behind the scenes planning between the Blue Team nursing staff and his daughter, the team surprised Mr. Trimmer with cards, balloons, cake and more importantly, care and affection, during a scheduled appointment.  One staff in particular, Jennifer Hill, took the lead in contacting VA Voluntary Service to get the ball rolling.  The community response was amazing to say the least!

Almost 500 birthday cards were collected from Chillicothe VA Staff, Chillicothe Cavaliers, Girl Scout Troop 1297 and Pickaway-Ross students; video birthday greetings from Beast and Bottle, Waverly Girls Volleyball Team and Pickaway-Ross staff and students; a quilt made by Karen Rowland, American Legion Auxiliary Post 62.

Beast and Bottle made Mr. Trimmer’s favorite Texas Sheet Cake and he shared the cake from Livy Cakes.  He also received a jar of honey from Rhoads Family Farm in his hometown, Circleville.

The Chillicothe VA would like to thank everyone for making this a special celebration for Mr. Trimmer.  The outpouring of generosity completely amazed him as he repeatedly stated, “I can’t believe all of this, you girls outdid yourselves.”  But the fact remains, Mr. Trimmer is a hero and we owe him so much more for his service and sacrifice. 

Happy Birthday 100th Birthday James Trimmer!


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