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Caring for Troops

“Whatever we see needs to be done, we get it done,” it’s a statement those close to Kim Gaide, a community outreach program coordinator with Lee Health, hear her say often. “We do whatever it takes.” The Military Support Program started at Lee Health in 2003 with the focus of supporting the military, their families, and the thousands of veterans in Lee County. “Our veterans are so vital to this community. We have 68,000 at the last count, and we need to be out in the community helping those veterans on what their needs are,” said Gaide. Like many of her volunteers, Gaide has a personal connection with the program. “One of my sons is a veteran; he’s an Iraqi vet. My other son is active in the Florida National Guard, and I told them that I have their back.” In addition to helping veterans get the services they need, each month, Gaide and her volunteers pack dozens of care packages to send overseas. “They can go anywhere from Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, on the ships, in the subs, in the air, wherever they are if we have an address those boxes will catch up to them,” she said. Each box has a different theme and supplies-- but every box maintains the important items troops always need. Through generous donations, the military support program offers support to troops and their families when they need it most. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit