Galax nurse served in Gulf War

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Janet Garvey recalls her time with the 343rd Medical Company during Operation Desert Storm

By Brian Funk, Editor



Originally published by The Gazette in 2001.


Janet Garvey remembers the nervous anticipation she felt shortly after her unit, the 343rd Medical Company based in Galax, was called to active duty in November 1990.

Reservists were unsure what kind of situation they’d be thrown into, and despite the fact they knew they had a job to do, they were reluctant to leave their families behind.

For Garvey, though, the time was one of especially mixed emotions.

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