Present Location: WTU Med Hold B Co. – Fort Bliss, TX
Home of Record: 4814 South Drive, Fort Worth, TX
ATTN: To Whom It May Concern
Dear Sir or Madam,
I have just recently become aware of your organization, and of the assistance you provide to wounded warriors and their families. I would like to commend all of you who are part of this team. Coming home from Iraq (over a year ago) has been hard enough, to include not being well enough to be home in Fort Worth to be with and provide for my family.
I have been in the United States Army since November of 1996, and have been part of the Texas National Guard since August 1998. My initial military occupational specialty was combat medic. Shortly after completing that schooling I went on to become a respiratory therapist, also through the Army.
I was first deployed to Afghanistan in March of 2005. Due to a car accident my wife suffered a miscarriage, our first child, and directly after I was sent off for pre-deployment training. I was reclassified, by the Army, to be an Infantryman (even though I had been in the medical field for the previous seven years). Approximately halfway through my deployment I was pulled from my unit to help start a vocational school for the local nationals. My project was to teach locals some basic medical skills since Afghanistan did not have any type of EMS system in place. What was going to be a one class trial ended up exploding. By the end of the deployment I had trained eight different classes, each having 20–30 students, to include the local police. My program was then adopted by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Health, and the class format was implemented into the University in Kabul, Afghanistan as the foundation of the nation’s first EMS system. Since then many students have graduated and the United Arab Emirates has donated more than a dozen fully equipped ambulances. Upon returning back to the states, I reclassified back into...