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Lt. Gen. Robert P. White, Susan Dewees-Taylor, Richard Dewees, and Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Hendrex unveil the plaque design for Elizabeth Laird aka the "Hug Lady" during a Monday room dedication ceremony at Larkin Terninal at Fort Hood.

FORT HOOD — Family, friends and supporters joined III Corps and Fort Hood leadership on Monday to dedicate a room after Elizabeth Laird at the Staff Sgt. George Larkin Terminal at Robert Gray Army Airfield.

Laird, affectionately known as the “Hug Lady,” gave out an estimated 500,000 hugs to soldiers departing to and returning from combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and the time of her death in 2015, said Lt. Gen. Robert P. White, III Corps and Fort Hood commander.

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