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November 3, 2010

BehindTheMedspeak — Army medics: the things they carry

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The caption for the graphic above, which accompanied David Brown's article in yesterday's Washington Post: "Combat medics' kits have room for only key lifesaving components, yet the gear still weighs about 60 pounds."

Slide show accompanying the article here.

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An 84 lb pack is a bitch. I've carried them from time to time - and for weeks at a time - but they were not full of combat gear.

As for the contents: I'm assuming that 17 is a trach kit.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 3, 2010 6:48:38 PM

over here about the worst thing i face is a power outage or the price of gasoline or the fact that the local grocery stores only sell "instant barley" whatever the hell that is. when looking at the gear that Sargent Veazey carries on her daily rounds, and thinking of her job, it becomes clear to me that instant barley ain't that big of a deal after all.

in the final end we here in america have little-to-no knowledge of what our troops face on a constant basis, for months or years at a time, in the war zones we have sent them to. i hope that one day it becomes clear to everyone staying here in america exactly what kind of heroes these men and women are. Sargent Veazey's job puts her in jeopardy that is as high, and most likely higher, than that faced by the troops she is there to support.

go load two 42-pound bags of Fresh Step Clumping Scoupable Cat Litter™ into your backpack and wear that backpack from the time you go to work until the moment before you go to bed tomorrow. That will show you how difficult it is to carry the tools that all of our combat soldiers carry with them when they go to work.

and the next time you see a policeman, a fireman, a teacher, a paramedic, an honest politician, or anybody else who serves you in a meaningful way... walk up to them and simply say that you would like to thank them for their service. you would be astounded at how even the most wear or the most jaded faces brighten up that somebody, anybody, thanked them for what the do for all of us.

weird, ph.d.

Posted by: Weird | Nov 3, 2010 3:10:15 PM

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