MY JOURNEY AS A COMBAT MEDIC:
From Desert Storm to
Operation Enduring Freedom
Patrick Thibeault www.medicstory.com
Combat Medic Poetry
Patrick Thibeault www.combatmedicpoetry.com
US Army Medical Sergeant (Ret) & Family Nurse Practitioner
Combat Medics are the unsung heroes of war. Hollywood prefers to focus on the glamour of Special Operations units or the spectacle of major battles. Combat Medics seldom make the headlines. Yet without them, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and innocent civilians alike would die on the battlefield, never again to see their friends and families and country.
My Journey As A Combat Medic: From Desert Storm to Operation by Patrick Thibeault offers a compelling, insider’s account of what it is like to be a Combat Medic in time of war. Thibeault narrates the harrowing moments Combat Medics endure as they courageously rush into danger to save wounded soldiers and civilians, their tender compassion in the face of brutality and violence, and their unswerving dedication to making sure they accomplish their mission and take care of the wounded.
“There is no job like that of an Army medic,” says Thibeault “You will travel to places and see things that others can only dream about. It is not an easy job, but it is a rewarding one. The rewards are not badges, ribbons, or bonus money; the rewards come from the good feeling you get from healing people. You will learn new skills on the battlefield that doctors are not taught in medical school yet. You will experience the highs when you save a live. You will experience the lowest of lows when someone dies on you.”
Patrick Thibeault was a medical career soldier for 20 years. He fought in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 serving with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and was sent to Afghanistan with the 76th Infantry Brigade as part of Task Force Phoenix in 2004 and 2005. He retired from the Army National Guard in January 2011. Among his many awards and designations are the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Combat Medic Badge 2ND Award, Expert Field Medical Badge, Crewmember aviation wings and the parachute badge. He holds a Master’s Degree and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, a dog, and two cats.