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Marc Kagan, a retired U.S. Air Force flight nurse, now monitors personnel going in and out of the COVID-19 unit at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton.
"My heart was broken and saddened when a veteran lost his life to this deadly virus," Kagan said in a Facebook post published by the hospital.
"He didn’t get the military send-off with a flag over his brave body,” Kagan added. “It was with my duty and honor to salute this brave American.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs says 5,534 coronavirus patients have received treatment at its facilities, while 339 veterans have died, WTVT reports.