A salute to a nurse and mom of two naval pilots, on the front lines fighting the coronavirus

Ocean Springs, MS

As I shelter in, I want to salute my niece and godchild Jeanette Baird Vaughan who is on the front lines as a nurse during this coronavirus pandemic in Texas. She is an author and mother of four children including two Navy pilots. Jeanette has a deep-seated respect for the military and our veterans. Mom first, nurse second, sheep farmer third, but she is also a writer of historical and military fiction. Jeanette is an award-winning writer and storyteller. Not only is she published in the periodicals and professional journals of nursing, but also in the genre of fiction. Out on her sheep farm, she has written several novels and scripts. In addition, she was named distinguished alumni for the school of nursing in 2001 for her written work and volunteerism for the Sydney Olympic Games. Jeanette has practiced nursing in the fields of critical care and trauma. Her screenplay "Angel of Mercy" won the outstanding nursing research award from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. As a single mom she lives in a Victorian farmhouse out in the pastures of northeast Texas with her sheep, chickens, donkeys and sheepdogs. She lost her father this past year and her son Harrison in 2017. Her son Robert Harrison Vaughan lost his valiant battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy; he was called to heaven on Jan. 9, 2017, just days prior to his 19th birthday. Jeannette has devoted her life to research on a cure to Duchenne while ensuring Harrison was a world traveler, having been to Africa, New Zealand, Australia and 33 of the 50 states. Profits from her books supported health-care costs for Harrison and research on a cure for Duchenne.

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