I'm a veteran of Vietnam, Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom. My military occupational specialties were combat medic and operating room specialist. Having served with the medical professional staff in Vietnam and Desert Storm I can honestly state who the real medical heroes of our armed forces are. My hat goes off to military Reserve and Guard medical professional staff composed of physicians, nurses, technicians and medical administration personnel.
These extraordinary people are mostly volunteers who take their jobs seriously in their private practices and while serving in the military. During my two tours in Vietnam, I had the opportunity to work with medical personnel who were mostly drafted and had the same attitude and outlook as TV's “M.A.S.H.” characters, Hawkeye Pierce and Trapper John. At times it created a challenging environment to work in.
While in the Oklahoma Army Reserve I had the opportunity to work with medical staff during peacetime and in Desert Storm. Their attitude and outlook during war was the opposite of what I encountered in Vietnam. They not only perform their duties as professionals but also swell with pride when wearing their uniforms. Regardless of their medical occupation they understood that the first priority of their mission was to provide the best medical care for our troops and they did it well.
These Reservist or Guard troops are in the same predicament as other troops, putting their jobs on hold and being apart from their beloved families. These volunteers are truly overlooked American heroes.
Robert Martinez, Oklahoma City