Courageous, focused, tough, honorable, and steadfast. These are just a few of the words used to describe the brave men and women who serve in our nation’s military. There’s another important trait that military servicemen and –women possess, and it’s likely at the core of why people choose to serve in the military – and that trait is loyalty.
In addition to being loyal to our country, veterans tend to carry this trait over into their everyday lives. That is definitely the case for Mike Mann, M.D., ophthalmologist and founder of Mann Eye Institute & Laser Center.
Long before there was a single Mann Eye location, Dr. Mann served his country as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in the United Kingdom. Dr. Mann fulfilled this role after earning his medical degree from Louisiana State University and completing his internship at Baylor College of Medicine. Following service in the Air Force, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at Tulane University.
“I have deep pride and much gratitude for having served our great country. It’s with a heavy heart every Memorial Day weekend that we remember those who fought to preserve and defend our freedom, but have lost their lives in war or since then,” Dr. Mann reflected. “At Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center, we will have that eternal respect and loyalty to the men and women of the military.”
In addition to Dr. Mann’s military service, Mann Eye staff includes many employees with a military background, including a LASIK counselor in Austin, an optometrist in The Woodlands and an ophthalmologist in Sugar Land, to name a few.
After earning his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern-Dallas in 1960, Lacy Koonce, OD received his Navy commission, where he served on active duty until 1965. The majority of his military service was spent as a flight surgeon—similar to Dr. Mann. Dr. Koonce also held internships at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California and at the Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Pensacola, Florida.
Dr. Sabrina E. Charrier also served in the Navy. After she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston, College of Optometry, Dr. Charrier became a Staff Optometrist in the Navy. She excelled in her role and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for Outstanding Service.
Mann Eye expresses their appreciation for active duty military personnel and veterans in a couple of ways: When there is an ongoing LASIK promotion, they offer an additional five-percent military discount on the procedure. When there is not a special promo LASIK offer, Mann Eye offers military personnel and veterans a $250 per eye discount on their procedure.
This Memorial Day weekend, Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center would like to express our sincere gratitude for the dedication and sacrifice that our military servicemen and -women make for our country every day. For more information on military promotions and discounts, visit MannEye.com or call 1.800.MY.VISION.