Alachua County resident Walter Gifford was recently recognized for his military service by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers. Gifford served in the United States (U.S.) Army as a mechanic in the motor pool and was wounded while serving in Korea. Gifford grew up in Ohio where he learned to fly planes. That skill served him well as he spent time as a pilot flying Cessna 195 aircraft while stationed in Alaska. Gifford received a red, white and blue blanket created by volunteers from the Ellzey United Methodist Church in Otter Creek. The Haven Hospice Pinning Ceremony for veteran patients also includes a veteran pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven Hospice which are all presented by volunteer veterans. The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service.