She Hugged As Many Soldiers As She Could, Now They’re Returning The Love.
Elizabeth Laird is an expert when it comes to hugs. The 83-year-old has been receiving and sending off soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas with a big warm embrace. Known as the Hug Lady, Laird wanted to get involved in supporting the military when the Iraq War began in 2003.
To date, Laird estimates she has given 500,000 hugs. Unfortunately, the inspirational woman has not been able to continue doing what she loves. On November 3, she was hospitalized; she has been battling breast cancer since 2005. It is now the service men and women who are now making the journey to give her a hug at the Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas.
Soldiers are lining up at the hospital to get their hug from Laird.
For many of the men and women, she is the last person they see before deployment and the first when they return.
The Hug Lady told one of her military visitors she hopes to go back to her post , "Got flights coming up. Got to get out and hug you."
This month, she received a letter from President George W. Bush, thanking her for her service.