In Harm’s Way…Still

The following is an actual email from a soldier stationed in the Middle East. It was sent a few days ago to a friend’s family member. Even with talks of bailouts, increasing taxes, and other economical issues; never forget that our men and women of the armed forces are still in harm’s way overseas. They are and forever will be the true heroes of America.

“Ok everybody here it is. Yesterday while on a mission in the southern part of the Helmond Province. We were in heavy contact with the Taliban in that area. It first started with Rocket Propeled Grenages launched in our area. then a very heavy volley of small arms fire was initiated by the Taliban. we were ducking behind an armoured truck for cover when i heard a loud “crack”. everybody reacted to the sound when i then felt a severe burning sensation to my left calf muscle. I looked down and saw that i was bleeding. somebody hollared, DOC YOUVE BEEN SHOT!!!!!. thats when i realized i had taken an ak47 round to my leg. the bullet entered the front part of my leg and exited the back. the hole is small going in but the hole going out is about the size of a
quarter.. it burned like nothing i ever felt before. i was real pissed at that point but we were being fired at quite a bit. i cant say we were being over run cause you never really see these guys they hide in there mud huts we call “murder huts”. which consist of solid mud, concrete essentially not even a .50 cal can penetrate it. we had to leave that area the other medics were getting their butts handed to them too. my pa got some glass in his eyes when then windshield of his truck were shot out. anyway the round actually stopped at our truck and we found it after they got the bandage on my leg. perfectly intact. the bullet missed my tibia by an inch. i was glad for that. i am a little sore. i did not want any morphine cause i was worried i would be knocked out if i had to shoot back again. my team leader is this great big black dude that took care of my wound and stopped the bleeding, it did not bleed that much really. then i was medevaced to a british army hospital. i told the flight medics i did not want to see a doctor that what could do would be good enough. they were shocked i was walking on it. anyway. i dont know what else to say. i am ok. they are making me go back to Kabul to recover. i am not realy happy about that we dont have enough medics as it is. love ted”

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