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He’s a 21 year old soldier and amazingly upbeat considering that the right side of his face is peppered with shrapnel and there is a slit in his right eyelid. His vision is blurred, but fortunately he is not blind. His other injuries include a fracture of the bone in his right forearm so bad that the bone was sticking out of the skin and there is possible damage to his carotid arteries. soldiers to the Army hospital in Germany and then back home for treatment in the states.
This soldier, unnamed here because of concern his family has not yet been no tommy hilfiger uk tified of his injury, was the driver of the lead vehicle in his convoy when an Improvised Explosive Device blasted his Humvee so hard the huge armored vehicle flipped over.
“One minute I was driving and the next thing I remember I was in the back of a tank,” he told me. “They say if you hear the explosion, you are OK. I didn’t hear this one.”
Like many of the injured soldiers here, he had experienced IED explosions before, most recently last week. soldier passes through here, it can seem to be an endless stream of misery. If it is not an IED then tommy hilfiger uk it is sniper fire or mortar rounds. The body armor the soldiers wear works well, but it can’t cover everything. As a result, every night one helicopter after another deposits soldiers with mangled arms and legs or head injuries and often, like with this soldier, both.
According to the commander of this medical unit, 98 percent of the injured who make it here go out alive. And, indeed, it is a sobering sight to see the work of the doctors, nurses and medics here who treat all these severely injured people day and night. soldier on the table in the operating room and everyone feels it today. time zones, we’ll be flying on the huge C 17 transport jet that is converted into a flying intensive care unit with this soldier and dozens of other injured Americans from here to Ramstein Air Force base in Germany, and then traveling on the Landstuhl Army Hospital, the next stage in the care.
Meanwhile, this soldier is thankful to be alive.
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SOMETIMES, NO, MOST TIMES, THOSE WHO WRITE ARTICLES ABOUT THOSE WOUNDED IN BATTLE, CONCENTRATE ON THE DR. AND NURSES, GIVING THE APPEARANCE THAT THEY ALONE, ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME OF THOSE INJURED. THIS IS A FALSE IMPRESSION!! WHY IS IT, YOU FORGET THE FRONT LINE MEDIC, THE ONE WHO IS FIRST TO THE INJURED, THE JUNIOR ENLISTED PERSON, THE ONE WHO SETS UP THE CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT DICTATE THE OUTCOME OF THOSE INJURED??? THERE WAS NO OOPS FACTOR AS THOSE IN A NICE, CLEAN HOSPITAL HAVE. YES, IN 1965 66, I WAS A MEDIC IN VIET NAM. WE TREATED OURS, THEIRS AND, THE INNOCENT. AS RICHARD (LTC, U S ARMY) STATES IN HIS COMMENTS, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO REPORT, BUT I WOULD LIKE THE COURTESY OF ADDING TO HIS COMMENT, PLEASE, DO NOT FORGET THE JUNIOR ENLISTED INDIVIDUAL WHO IS WILLING TO RISK THEIR LIFE SO OTHERS MAY LIVE. THERE ARE OTHERS IN THE MILITARY, BESIDES OFFICERS! THANK YOU, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO VENT MY FRUSTRATION.
How easy is for all of us to give our opinions about this war. Have you notice something in common with everybody else, here in the USA? What about freedom of speech, what about freedom to insult your president, and all the soliders fighting for YOUR FREEDOM ? ? Have you all notice that we can do everything we want? THAT IS CALL FREEDOM, like eveybody say Freedom isnt Free, of course not. To many lives are going down FOR YOU ! and this is the way you pay back.
The worst enemy this Country can have, it is own people. It is hard to call them citizens, because they are not.
They expect everything, but they dont give anything.
They blame everybody else including the president ant the goverment for their own irresponsable actions.
Our solidiers are fighting over there to keep this Country HERE clean and safe. Didnt you know that?
For all of you out ther, the “crying” people in this Country, why dont you do something to keep our freedom here safe? Start defending your country for a change. The Freedom that we have, is being abuse by all the crazy big mouths ready to blame the president, or goverment; but I bet, they are living under some kind of wellfare (giving by the goverment).
It hurts to see that there are so few people in this Country that are recognizing, admiring and even thanking our soldiers and their families, because they are the real CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. They are the true heroes. Isnt that a pretty picture.
I find it hard to read articles like this.
I agonize about the suffering of our Military Forces wounded in service for our country. They are defending our freedom, because freedom is not free. I support the Members of our Armed Forces, and the Foreign Policy established by our Government, because as a Citizen that is what I need to do.
I additionally hope that Mr. Bush and Mr. Gates review daily the names of Military Forces wounded, died from wounds, and killed in the service of our country, because the members of our Military Forces contribute to the support our Country and it Policies and ultimately sacrifice for all of our Freedoms.
“Tonight God make the suffering less for individuals suffering from wounds, help a Medic, Nurse or Doctor make the right decisions and preserve my Country.”
What really twisted about this and similar stories is that they could have been prevented. I have a son in Iraq. His second tour of duty. He reported to his sister about the IED and RPG used against them regularly and the troops KNOW that the Israeli have developed and deployed systems that detect and counter them. Those systems could be retrofitted on our existing vehicles, including HumVees for about $200,00 each. The Pentagon and Bush reaction to this good news? They farmed out a contract to a big corporation that donates lots of money to them and actually have forbidden th tommy hilfiger uk e military from using those systems! Most of the weapons issued to our troops simply don work. The range of the M16 is too short and they will not penetrate walls behind which enemy combatants hide. Body armor is substandard but the same firms making this junk keep getting the contracts. This “war” is all about the corporate ghouls in a feeding fenzy for which our troops, MY son and the sons and daughters of others, are sacrificed.
I was at Ibn Sina for a year (2004) and witnessed all you are sharing. The men and women of the Air Force and Army Medical Corps are absolute heroes. They save lives day in and day out. They are also inclined to offer the same assistance to injured combatants (enemy). This is where t tommy hilfiger uk he true nature of the medical professional shows through the smoke and haze. They must put on the blinders and treat each individual as a patient, regardless of their situation in the battlefield.
The one thing nobody seems to want to discuss, however, is the future. It is great that we give the wounded so much attention now while the war rages on and it is on our minds day in and day out. But what about 20 years from now when OIF and OEF are well in the past? Who is going to remember where the gentleman or lady sitting in the diner with no legs, or face, or arms, got the injuries? How many more disabled vets will be waiting in the lobby of the VA Hospitals for hours and hours waiting to get their colostomy bags replaced? How many of the wives and children of the injured will have forgotten why their loved one is missing body parts?
We need a dialogue in this country and a plan to provide for these people that have given so much for this useless war. Those that have paid the ultimate price can at least rest in peace, the ones that have paid with body parts and and long term health may never have a good nights sleep again. We owe them so much more.
Thank you for keeping the stories of these soldiers in the news. It is easy to forget that they are individuals that have real lives families. Whether you are for or against the war, it is important to separate that and remember that our soldiers are only doing their job. My son is a medic that has done two tours in Iraq, one of them in Balad the other at an aide station in Baquba and I am grateful for his safe return. He has told me wonderful stories about the soldiers he has cared for as well as the doctors, nurses medics. I am impressed by the skill and care these young men women have and am grateful that they have chosen to serve our Country.