Members of the Oaktree Medical Center recently paid a visit to the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King, where they presented a monetary donation of $15,000 to assist RBDF Veterans on November 24th, 2021 at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive.As the organization continues to enforce the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic objective of strengthening and improving the lives of the Veterans and Retirees, the donation was well received by the RBDF Veteran’s Affairs Office and the RBDF Veteran’s Association (RBDFVA).Dr. Don Deveaux, Medical Director at Oaktree Medical in his brief remarks shared why he returned home and what he shared in common with the Defence Force. Stating how immediately upon completion of his fellowship training he returned home eager to serve. He relates to the Defence Force stating “There are a lot of similarities [we share], hardworking, disciplined, service and love of country. This is why I came back home.” He went on to express the importance of the donation.“When I think of community, I want community to be synonymous with Oaktree Medical Center…So this is just a small token of appreciation from a son of the soil saying we appreciate you guys. It’s not about the finances, it’s actually about relationship building, community building and making a better Bahamas.”The RBDF Veterans Affairs Officer, Lieutenant Commander Judy McDonald, and President of the Veterans Association, Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Harold Bosfield, whose offices work in tandem, both took a moment to express their deep appreciation for the donation made which will benefit the veterans.Commodore King, who received the donation, spoke briefly and expressed why a dedicated section for Defence Force veterans was necessary.“Some of the veterans were facing challenges. It was critical that we established a Veterans Affairs Office. There are some initiatives that we are looking at from an organizational perspective, some proposals have been put through to the government to make things a lot better for them.” He implied that the work that the Defence Force accomplishes today will be beneficial for all the members in the future and stressed the importance of establishing systems and mechanisms for the smooth transition of all members to becoming veterans and retirees. Also in attendance was the Human Resources Director at the Oaktree Medical Center, Mrs. Elizabeth Longley, RBDF Welfare and Morale Officer, Senior Lieutenant Elvis Bullard, and Mrs. Prenell Henfield, Secretary for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Veterans Association. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to strengthening relationships with stakeholders and the community at large while “Guarding our Heritage”.