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VA program helps ex-military medics in civilian world

from The Virginian-Pilot

Navy corpsman Jason Martines earned his chops on the Afghan battlefield, patching together wounded Marines in the war-ravaged Helmand Province. Army medic Mathew Vance witnessed the birth of homemade bomb attacks as a convoy medic during his first tour in Iraq. On his second deployment, he worked on a trauma helicopter, perfecting his life-saving medical skills. David Theibert spent 20 years as a Navy corpsman. He treated detainees at Guantanamo Bay, where he learned a lot not just about medicine, but also about the human condition. But after they left the military, Martines, Vance and Theibert had few marketable skills. In the civilian medical world, they were virtually unemployable. more


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