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Dedication
                                              

    I wish to dedicate this book to all Navy Hospital Corpsman but specifically to all FMF Combat Corpsmen.  As a corpsman, one can be sent to FMF School at anytime in their career, qualifying them to serve with the U.S. Marine Corps.  When such an assignment is made, the dual life begins:  one as a sailor, the other as a marine.  There are many who had to conduct much more medical specialties than I did in Vietnam.  There are also many who, like myself, felt inadequate for the job.  Each though, serves as best they can to carry on the proud tradition of “Doc.”  
    There are many corpsmen who served in shore hospitals and fleet hospitals.  The care of the wounded is their primary concern, and often all are called upon to serve a wide variety of jobs.  I am proud to have become a Hospital Corpsman and, knowing all that I know now, would probably do it all over again.  I am glad I was young and naïve about Vietnam because like so many during the latter part of the war, most were not supportive of our military and political policies.  They served anyway, but it made their service much harder.  
    To all the marines I say Semper Fi and "Oorah"!  I have great respect for all who served in harm’s way.
    As the popular saying goes:  “All gave some, but some gave all.”




    I  hope and pray that my story will be an inspiration to all the men and women that have been affected by the Vietnam Conflict or the present war in Iraq and Afganistan.  If I and others survived the mental anquish of the trauma of war, so can anyone.  Do not wait to get help.  Seek anyone that is qualified in PTSD and keep searching until you feel it is right for you.  There are many Veteran organizations, groups and individuals that are willing to help.  There are several names for this mental trauma:  Brain injury, PTSD, Shell Shock or Battlefield Shock.  It is all the same and it is not something that can be stopped.  There is no disgrace in being so injured.  This is just another type. Do not wait to get help because of feeling a stigma or appearing being weak.  Shock is Shock, period.

      God Bless all that served and are presently serving.  All deserve the dignity of proper help and treatment.
      -Doc Rose
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