By Ronald Glasser M.D.
Instructed within the narrative, and from own event, writer strains altering nature of struggle from jungles of Vietnam to streets and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan and the actual and mental harm of wounds to troops in U.S. military and Marine Corps. And what it has come to gain. The potency of evacuation devices has ended in fast therapy of IED-caused wounds leading to life-saving amputation,most due to the fact American Civil battle. Amputation on girls squaddies and their trouble utilizing prosthetics designed for male infantrymen is tested and, huge scale concussive cerebral harm, a brand new phenomenon in army clinical remedy requiring lifetime care of the wounded, is tested and the escalating, hidden charges of lifetime care placed into viewpoint. New, formerly unpublished experiences at the concussive results at the mind are provided. anything additionally relative to NFL interest.Using narrative vignettes,the emerging clinical and sociological expenditures of the Afghan struggle are basically outlined and the escalating hidden expenditures of long-term treatment are placed into projection.Lt. basic Harold Moore wrote the Foreword.
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The gaps in the vests left areas of the chest unprotected and the soldiers and marines could clearly see the immediate and overall results, especially when the vests were hit by a 30-caliber round fired from a few yards away or a 50-caliber round fired from anywhere. The steel plates themselves could be pierced. In short, the vests did not cover enough of the body and they did not stop the fully jacketed AK-47 rounds, and for the most part didn’t protect soldiers from mortars, anti-personnel mines, or shrapnel wounds.
It had been made crystal clear to all of us that, as medical officers, we were not to even try to deal with a combat situation. If under attack, we were to take orders from any trained military personnel, even if that soldier was no more than a private. In combat, we were to listen and obey whatever the private asked and whatever he ordered. “You have to know how to do this, or you and those around you will be killed,” was how simply it was put. What “this” was became clear out on the infiltration course, with those rounds firing over our heads and explosive charges going off in the bunkers surrounding us as we crawled forward through the dirt and dust of Central Texas.
Everything in this book happened. All the numbers and facts are real. But war is a brutal business. So in places I’ve changed unit designations in the hopes of protecting those we have once again sent out to the Edge of Empires. In “All the Toms” and “All the Jakes,” the real Tom and Jake asked me not to use their names. I interviewed both a number of times. They not only survived their deployments, they survived intact. Tom is now in Special Forces and Jake will soon be leaving the Marines. Yet, because of the confusion caused by the Army’s and Marine’s multiple deployments, I merged Tom’s and Jake’s stories with those battles and firefights they had heard about or those fought by other squads or platoons in their company, regiment, or brigade in order to give a clearer understanding of a history that had so quickly overtaken both the strategists as well as those making the fight.