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September 2019 Jefferson Award Honorees: Dr. Ryan Gossett & Dr. William Nietert

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WAUSAU (WAOW) – Two Wausau area physicians are our Jefferson Award Honorees for September.

Dr. William Nietert and Dr. Ryan Gossett are volunteer medics on Never Forgotten Honor Flights.

“This is probably one of the most rewarding things I have ever participated in,” Dr. Ryan Gossett explained.

“It is an incredible experience,” Dr. William Nietert said. “There was never a flight I went on when I did not have tears in my eyes.”

The Wausau-based program started in 2009.

The co-founders of the project are thankful the doctors have been on board from the beginning.

“Both Dr. Ryan and Dr. Nietert have been incredible assets,” co-founder Mike Thompson said.

“It gives the families of the veterans peace of mind–if there are medical issues,” co-founder James Campbell said.

Since the flights began 3,467 veterans have flown to the nation’s capital free-of-charge.


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Melissa Langbehn

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