Albert Bunner, WW II Veteran and Community Health Center Patient

November 2018 | Community Health Center of St. Mary’s Healthcare and Nathan Littauer Hospital in Johnstown NY says “it’s our privilege to care for the health of America’s ‘Greatest Generation’ at home,” adding “CHC is grateful to be an integral part of our community and support many area programs, including We Honor Veterans, which demonstrates a community commitment to improving care for veterans.”

Meet Albert “Al” Bunner, a WWII Veteran and patient served by CHC. Mr. Bunner was in the Navy from 1941 to 1945. Returning to upstate New York after the war, he “peddled milk” on a 400-quart route. He was also employed by the town highway department, and then with the NY Motorcycle Troopers before retirement.

When his home care nurse, Amanda Dolcemascolo, walks into the room, his eyes light up. “Mandy is a wonderful nurse and I depend on her to keep me home,” he says. “She lights up the room, and I sure am lucky to have her help me.”

The feeling is mutual. “I’m just happy I made such an impression on him,” Dolcemascolo says, quoting Saint Teresa: “It’s not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.”

She adds: “This quote makes me think of Al. He is so appreciative of everything because we do it with a smile. He is the most deserving and we are grateful to support him at home – where he fits best.”

Mr. Bunner has been married to the love of his life Lucy for 71 years. They have 4 children.

He proudly wears his WWII hat, as it is a badge of honor, worthy of him and the countless humble heroes who are a part of America’s “Greatest Generation.”