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    I got this from my cousin and wanted to share.


    I am a doctor specializing in the Emergency Departments of the
    only two military Level One-Trauma Centers, both in San Antonio,
    TX and they care for civilian Emergencies as well as military
    personnel. San Antonio has the largest military retiree population
    in the world living here. As a military doctor, I work long hours
    and the pay is less than glamorous. One tends to become jaded
    by the long hours,lack of sleep,food, family contact and the
    endless parade of human suffering passing before you. The arrival
    of another ambulance does not mean more pay, only more work.

    Most often, it is a victim from a motor vehicle crash.

    Often it is a person of dubious character who has been shot or
    stabbed. With our large military retiree population, it is often
    a nursing home patient. Even with my enlisted service and minimal
    combat experience in Panama, I have caught myself groaning when
    the ambulance brought in yet another sick, elderly person from
    one of the local retirement centers that cater to military retirees.
    I had not stopped to think of what citizens of this age group represented.

    I saw 'Saving Private Ryan.' I was touched deeply. Not so much by
    the carnage, but by the sacrifices of so many. I was touched most
    by the scene of the elderly survivor at the graveside, asking his wife
    if he'd been a good man. I realized that I had seen these same men
    and women coming through my Emergency Dept and had not realized
    what magnificent sacrifices they had made. The things they did for
    me and everyone else that has lived on this planet s ince the end of
    that conflict are priceless.

    Situation permitting, I now try to ask my patients about their experiences.
    They would never bring up the subject without the inquiry. I have been
    privileged to an amazing array of experiences, recounted in the brief
    minutes allowed in an Emergency Dept. encounter. These experiences have
    revealed the incredible individuals I have had the honor of serving in a
    medical capacity, many on their last admission to the hospital.

    There was a frail, elderly woman who reassured my young enlisted medic,
    trying to start an IV line in her arm. She remained calm and poised,
    despite her illness and the multiple needle-sticks into her fragile veins.
    She was what we call a 'hard stick.' As the medic made another attempt,
    I noticed a number tattooed across her forearm. I touched it with one
    finger and looked into her eyes She simply said, 'Auschwitz.' Many of later
    generations would have loudly and openly berated the young medic in his many
    attempts. How different was the response from this person who'd seen
    unspeakable suffering.

    Also, there was this long retired Colonel, who as a young officer had
    parachuted from his burning plane over a Pacific Island held by the
    Japanese. Now an octogenarian, he had a minor cut on his head from
    a fall at his home where he lived alone. His CT scan and suturing had
    been delayed until after midnight by the usual parade of high priority
    ambulance patients. Still spry for his age, he asked to use the phone
    to call a taxi, to take him home, then he realized his ambulance had
    brought him without his wallet. He asked if he could use the phone to
    make a long distance call to his daughter who lived 7 miles away. With
    great pride we told him that he could not, as he'd done enough for his
    country and the least we could do was get him a taxi home, even if we
    had to pay for it ourselves. My only regret was that my shift wouldn't
    end for several hours, and I couldn't drive him myself.

    I was there the night M/Sgt.Roy Benavidez came through the Emergency
    Dept.for the last time. He was very sick. I was not the doctor taking
    care of him, but I walked to his bedside and took his hand. I said nothing.
    He was so sick, he didn't know I was there. I'd read his Congressional
    Medal of Honor citation and wanted to shake his hand. He died a few
    days later.

    The gentleman who served with Merrill's Marauders, the survivor of the Bataan Death March, the survivor of Omaha Beach, the 101 year old World War I veteran.

    The former POW held in frozen North Korea, the former Special Forces medic - now with non-operable liver cancer, the former Viet Nam Corps Commander.

    I remember these citizens.

    I may still groan when yet another ambulance comes in,but now I am much
    more aware of what an honor it is to serve these particular men and women.

    I have seen a Congress who would turn their back on these individuals
    who've sacrificed so much to protect our liberty. I see later generations
    that seem to be totally engrossed in abusing these same liberties, won
    with such sacrifice.

    It has become my personal endeavor to make the nurses and young
    enlisted medics aware of these amazing individuals when I encounter
    them in our Emergency Dept. Their response to these particular
    citizens has made me think that perhaps all is not lost in the next

    My experiences have solidified my belief that we are losing an incredible
    generation, and this nation knows not what it is losing. Our uncaring
    government and ungrateful civilian populace should all take note. We
    should all remember that we must 'Earn this.'

    Written By CPT. Stephen R. Ellison, M.D. US Army

    If it weren't for the United States military,
    there'd be NO United States of America.
    Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.

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    Thanks PDawg for a wake up!

    My dad, I miss him every day.

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    That was a good read. Thanks

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    Great Post!!! If only more people would recognize what the military and some of our ancestors have done for this country.

    Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.

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    Thanks for the post PDawg. I had the pleasure of training at that trauma center, as a "young enlisted medic." An honor indeed.
    "The best tank terrain is that without anti-tank weapons"
    Russian military doctrine

    "All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us...they can't get away this time"
    - Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC


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    I wonder if some thought this was a farewell thread?
    Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.

    Do not puff, shade, skew, tailor, firm up, stretch, massage,
    or otherwise distort statements of fact.
    FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley

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    Thank you! Great Post!

    Liberty & Justice For All!

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    Good read.
    Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me

    We are who we choose to be.

    R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012



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