On Jan. 31, the Arkansas Department of Health Area 9 Hospice posthumously honored a dedicated Phillips County soldier with a special certificate in recognition of his military service to America.
Jesse Young served 18 years in the U.S. Army from 1968, when he graduated from high school until March 1986. He achieved the rank of E5 and earned a Certificate of Training as a vehicle mechanic at Fort Dix, N.J.
Following his discharge from the Army, Young pursued and obtained an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Phillips College in 1987. The following year he earned another Associate's Degree in Data Processing.
Hospice Social worker Gloria Hankins presented the certificate to Young's sister, Dorothy Franklin in a moving ceremony. Franklin reflected and shared some of his experiences with the state Health Department Hospice team.
“I am proud of his accomplishments,” she said.
Young married the late Dorothy Young in 1987. He was the father of five children and helped raise two stepdaughters and a niece.
“He was a man who truly love mankind,” said a tearful Franklin.
Franklin served as Young's caregiver until his death. He was 67.
Health Department Hospice in Phillips County's mission is to serve those who served to protect our country.
“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the veteran's program to provide the best possible end-of-life care for our veterans,” an Area 9 Hospice spokesperson stated in a press release.