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US Soldier Receives Free Nose Surgery, Oklahoman Reports

oklahoman tulsa procedure freeAs reported in a recent online article in The Oklahoman, an Air Force soldier with a six-year-old nose injury recently received a free revisionary reconstructive surgery through the non-profit organization Faces of Honor.

Faces of Honor, which branched from the highly successful Face to Face program in 2009, offers free surgical and medical assistance to US veterans who have neck and face issues as a result of their service in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Now, after nearly six years of suffering from impaired breathing on one side of his nose, this airman can finally breathe easily.

US Airman Given a Breath of Fresh Air from Cosmetic Surgeons


Shannon Cruz, who sustained his nasal injury from an impact against a machine gun while serving in the Air Force six years ago, is now an Army chief warrant officer at Fort Bragg. He was told about the program by a mental health counselor serving at the Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg.

Though he received an operation immediately after the incident, his breathing problems returned within six months, and he began waking several times a night. He also developed a significant snoring problem.

"It was weird. I didn't realize how bad it was. I got accustomed to not being able to breathe out of the left side," says Cruz. Now that his nose has been repaired, the true extent of his prior condition is now more clear. "It's like getting a shot of oxygen."

In addition to nasal surgery, this program also performs extensive eye, face and neck surgeries. Patients may also seek skin surgical procedures and treatments to minimize or decrease the appearance of scarring from surgery or trauma during their military service. The program hopes to help soldiers with facial problems that pose both medical and psychological concerns.

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