This Should Be Required Reading for Everyone

Capt. Steven Ellison, MD
A Military Doctor
 
This should be required reading in every school and college in our country. This Captain, an Army doctor, deserves a medal for putting this together.
 
Memorial for and about WWII

Memorial for and about WWII

Surgeon

Surgeon

 
I am a doctor specializing in the Emergency Departments of the only two military Level One-Trauma Centers, both in San Antonio, TX, and they care for civilian emergencies as well as military personnel. San Antonio has the largest military retiree population in the world living here. As a military doctor, I work long hours and the pay is less than glamorous. One tends to become jaded by the long hours, lack of sleep, food, family contact and the endless parade of human suffering passing before you. The arrival of another ambulance does not mean more pay, only more work. Most often, it is a victim from a motor vehicle crash.
 
Auto Crash

Auto Crash

 
Often it is a person of dubious character who has been shot or stabbed. With our large military retiree population, it is often a nursing home patient. Even with my enlisted service and minimal combat experience in Panama, I have caught myself groaning when the ambulance brought in yet another sick, elderly person from one of the local retirement centers that cater to military retirees. I had not stopped to think of what citizens of this age group represented.
 
Patient at ambulance

Patient at ambulance

 
I saw ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ I was touched deeply. Not so much by the carnage, but by the sacrifices of so many. I was touched most by the scene of the elderly survivor at the graveside, asking his wife if he’d been a good man. I realized that I had seen these same men and women coming through my Emergency Dept. and had not realized what magnificent sacrifices they made. The things they did for me and everyone else who has lived on this planet since the end of that conflict are priceless.
 
Infantry

Infantry

 
Situation permitting, I now try to ask my patients about their experiences. They would never bring up the subject without my inquiry. I have been privileged to hear an amazing array of experiences, recounted in the brief minutes allowed in an Emergency Dept. encounter. These experiences have revealed the incredible individuals I have had the honor of serving in a medical capacity, many on their last admission to the hospital.
 
Auschwitz Survivor

Auschwitz Survivor

 
There was a frail, elderly woman who reassured my young enlisted medic, trying to start an IV line in her arm. She remained calm and poised, despite her illness and the multiple needle-sticks into her fragile veins. She was what we call a ‘hard stick.’ As the medic made another attempt, I noticed a number tattooed across her forearm. I touched it with one finger and looked into her eyes. She simply said, ‘ Auschwitz .’ Many of later generations would have loudly and openly berated the young medic in his many attempts. How different was the response from this person who’d seen unspeakable suffering.
 
Elderly Veteran

Elderly Veteran

 
Also, there was this long-retired Colonel, who as a young officer parachuted from his burning plane over a Pacific Island held by the Japanese. Now an octogenarian, he had a minor cut on his head from a fall at his home where he lived alone. His CT scan and suturing was delayed until after midnight by the usual parade of high priority ambulance patients. Still spry for his age, he asked to use the phone to call a taxi to take him home, then realized his ambulance brought him without his wallet. He asked if he could use the phone to make a long distance call to his daughter who lived 7 miles away. With great pride we told him he could not, as he’d done enough for his country and the least we could do was get him a taxi home, even if we had to pay for it ourselves. My only regret was my shift wouldn’t end for several hours, and I couldn’t drive him myself.
 
Operating Room

Operating Room

 
I was there the night M/Sgt Roy Benavidez came through the Emergency Dept. for the last time. He was very sick. I was not the doctor taking care of him, but I walked to his bedside and took his hand. I said nothing. He was so sick, he didn’t know I was there. I’d read his Congressional Medal of Honor citation and wanted to shake his hand. He died a few days later.
 
More:
 
 
The gentleman who served with Merrill’s Marauders:
 
WWII Veteran

WWII Veteran

 
The survivor of the Bataan Death March:
 
WWII Veteran

WWII Veteran

 
The survivor of Omaha Beach:
 
WWII Veteran

WWII Veteran

 
The 101-year-old World War I veteran:
 
WWI Veteran

WWI Veteran

 
The former POW held in frozen North Korea:
 
Korean Veteran

Korean Veteran

 
The former Special Forces medic  now with non-operable liver cancer:
 
Special Forces Veteran

Special Forces Veteran

 
The former Vietnam Corps Commander:
 
Vietnam Veteran

Vietnam Veteran

 
I may still groan when yet another ambulance comes in, but now I am much more aware of what an honor it is to serve these particular men and women.
 
Ambulance

Ambulance

 
I have seen a Congress who would turn their back on these individuals who’ve sacrificed so much to protect our liberty. I see later generations that seem to be totally engrossed in abusing these same liberties won with such sacrifice.
 
Our "glorious" (?) Lawmakers

Our “glorious” (?) Lawmakers

 
It has become my personal endeavor to make the nurses and young enlisted medics aware of these amazing individuals when I encounter them in our Emergency Dept. Their response to these particular citizens has made me think that perhaps all is not lost in the next generation.
 
Young Doctors

Young Doctors

 
My experiences have solidified my belief that we are losing an incredible generation, and this nation knows not what it is losing. Our uncaring government and ungrateful civilian populace should all take note. We should all remember that we must ‘Earn this.’
 
Veteran ceremony

Veteran ceremony

 
WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

Written By CAPT. Steven R. Ellison, M.D., US Army
 
If it weren’t for the United States military, there’d be ‘NO’ United States of America !
 
Steven Ellison, MD
A MILITARY DOCTOR
 
And now as you have finished reading this, our Congress who enjoys their free medical care are in the process of charging these people for their medical care and at the same time possibly reducing their retirement pay.  A typical political “Thank you.”
 
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I SO hate politicians, especially the politicians in Congress.
 
It’s way past time to remind those rich asshole lawyers in Washington they serve US! They represent US! And remind them, “We are not morons with a vote. We are the people whom you serve!” We are the BY the people, FOR the people, and OF the people!
 
 
 
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About thomlucci

Disabled Veteran from Vietnam era, 2nd generation Italian-American, conservative, born in PA, raised mostly in Europe. Graduated from high school in France in 1966. Former print journalist, professional photographer. Love animals: dogs, cats, horses, mostly. Current Opinions of News is a blog where I vent my frustrations with Democrats, crime, social issues, and so on.
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