|Paperback: 201 pages
Publisher: Combat Medic with Indianapolis Business Journal; 1ST edition (October 7, 2011)
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A memoir of Patrick Thibeault’s career as a combat medic. As a reader we see not only the duties of the combat medic, but get to experience through his words the entire process from first joining, to paratrooper training, to his medic training. What unfolds is an interesting life devoted to being the first line medical care for our wounded troops. Many people think of MASH and in a lot of ways it did seem to be similar, but unknown to me, there was much more training. He had to earn multiple combat badges, multiple medical badges, it seemed like he was constantly training.
He also goes a lot into a problem that is often overlooked among all the troops, that of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Suffering from it himself he is able to give a lot of advice on dealing with it. He also provides priceless advice for anyone who would want to follow in his same career as to how they can get involved as a Medic.
Overall a very interesting memoir of a little talked about combat role. We often hear about the Seals, Snipers, etc. but this was the first opportunity to hear about the Medic. I found it to be an enjoyable and well written story. If you get the chance, pick it up and see what you think. Be sure and drop back by and let us know what you thought.
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About the Author
Patrick Thibeault was born in Kittery, Maine.
His father was in the U.S. Army so he moved around the world as a kid. Glenn is an artist, still living in New York with his wife, a bulldog, a pug and a cat.
Patrick lived in Germany, the USA and graduated from high school in Korea. Patrick served in Desert Storm and in Afghansitan as a combat medic.
He was once a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Patrick was inspired to write the book: My Journey as a Combat Medic: From Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom because of his experiences.
*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Teddy at Virtual Author Book Tours for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.