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Air Force Honors PH Patient

Kari Trapp and her husband CoryKari (right) with her
husband Cory
On April 16, the 27th U.S. Expeditionary Bomb Squadron flew an American flag in combat over Afghanistan on board a B-1B Bomber in honor of PH patient Kari Lyn Trapp. Kari, age 31, was picked for showing courage in fighting a battle at home, the battle against pulmonary hypertension.

According to Kari, “I just think its amazing that now the soldiers in Afganistan (hundreds) have heard about the daily battle of PH and are praying for us and cheering us on.”

Michael Mansfield, a 22-year-old airman present at the ceremony, wrote Kari a letter thanking her for being “an inspiration and a role model” to his squadron. Since she was diagnosed with PH as a young adult, Kari said it meant a lot to her that the letter came from someone so young who had already experienced so much. As she explains, “We’re fighting a daily battle with our illness, and he’s fighting his own battle. Everyone’s battling their own thing. And, as PH patients, we deserve some honor, too.”

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