Florida nurse pays tribute to coronavirus victim, a fellow veteran, in touching photo

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A Florida hospital has released a touching photo of a nurse saluting a fellow veteran who died from the coronavirus.

Marc Kagan, a retired U.S. Air Force flight nurse, now monitors personnel going in and out of the COVID-19 unit at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.

“My heart was broken and saddened when a veteran lost his life to this deadly virus,” Kagan said in a Facebook post published by the hospital.

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Marc Kagan, an Air Force veteran and nurse at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla., salutes a veteran who died from the coronavirus.

Marc Kagan, an Air Force veteran and nurse at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla., salutes a veteran who died from the coronavirus.
(Manatee Memorial Hospital)

“He didn’t get the military send-off with a flag over his brave body,” Kagan added. “It was with my duty and honor to salute this brave American.”

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says 5,534 coronavirus patients have received treatment at its facilities, while 339 veterans have died, WTVT reports.

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