Local Clinic Is Making A Global Impact

It's an uncommon sight making a few East Texas hearts beam with pride--bumper stickers displaying the DeHaven Eye Clinic logo.  But it's not so much the bumper stickers that's raising eyebrows, but rather what they're stuck to.

It seems DeHaven has found some new advertising space on the bumpers of U.S. Humvees patrolling the streets in Iraq--the result of an East Texas soldier's desire to make life a little easier for Iraqi school children.

"The first time that he called home, I said, what do you need me to send you," said Sandra Vogt.  She said her son, Private Second Class Steven Blaylock with the Texas National Guard Police gave her an unusual response.  "He said, school supplies, and I'm going, what?"

Vogt works at DeHaven in Tyler.  Since September her son has been working with Iraqi police and rebuilding schools in the area.  "He really had a heart for the children over there," she said.

And that passion to help all those little ones was well received by the folks at DeHaven, who were more than willing to help him get those school supplies to the kids.  They sent  more than 200 pounds of school supplies to Al Fallujah, Iraq.

"It's exciting to be a part of that," said Rebecca Jones, an opthamologist with DeHaven.  "To support Steven in what he's doing--it's just so humbling."  She said when she saw the picture of the bumper sticker on the back of the hum-vee, the sight brought her to tears.  "Those are the true heroes, not us.  We're there to support them because they're doing such a work or us."

It's little East Texas.....making a big impression.....deep in the heart of Iraq.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com