Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wounded Warriors - #2010 - Facility Helps Injured Marines Get Back to the Fight - Dvids

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Frank Martin had only been in Afghanistan a few days when a 60-pound improvised explosive device detonated while he and his squad were on their first foot patrol in northern Marjah, hurling him into the air.  “It actually picked me up off my feet and I did a one-eighty,” said Martin, infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, attached to the 1st Marine Division. “When I hit the ground the first thing I thought was, ‘oh crap, someone got hit.’  After the dust settled, Martin quickly realized he had been hit – pieces of shrapnel were lodged in his legs, forearm and neck. The two Marines behind him were more badly injured by the blast, and they had to be flown back to the United States for a higher level of medical treatment.

Martin, 24, from Avon Lake, Ohio, considers himself lucky. His shrapnel injuries were far less severe – only flesh wounds – so he was stitched up at the military hospital on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, and sent to the newly-established “Wounded Warrior” facility that aims to help service members with minor war wounds heal and get back to their deployed units.  Injured troops are only allowed to stay at the hospital on Camp Bastion for a few days, due to limited bed space, before they have to be flown elsewhere for long-term care, such as Kandahar, Germany or the United States. But with the new addition of the Wounded Warrior facility they can stay at Leatherneck to receive additional outpatient care.  Read more........  

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