It Isn’t Always the Killing
by James Glaser
May 3, 2020
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Back in the 1990s I spent three months in a PTSD treatment program at the Tomah, Wisconsin VA Hospital. One of the guys in my unit was a Combat Medic. He said he had 6 weeks of training before they sent him out, and on his first operation, some soldier had his belly ripped open with his intestines hanging out. This young kid, really only 18 years old, worked all afternoon and all night keeping this soldier alive. He told us this and went on to say that the trauma from that night had taken a toll on his mind that he didn’t know how to fix. So even saving a life in a war zone can do you in.

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