British medics and Soldiers' Angels
This year I hooked up with the UK hospital at Camp Bastion. These British docs and medics care for American Marines, along with their own British soldiers and Afghan Army troops who are injured.
My contact there is a US marine, who told me that the British don't get a lot of support from home. So, Soldiers' Angels stepped in to send them some support for the patients and medics.
I got them some of our First Response backpacks, extra clothing and toiletries for the patients, and the usual coffee, snacks and goodies. I also hooked them up with "Fore Our Soldiers", a great group that specializes in sending golf and other sports equipment to units overseas.
My contact writes:
Today we received the packages that your organization and the sporting equipment from the "Fore Our Soldiers" organization. Again, thank you. We treat casualties (UK, US, even members from the Afghan National Army) daily. After the patching of wounds and treatment of pain, words from the padre and unit personnel, it's hard to figure out what they are thinking; but it's a certain there's "blank" look of unease. The emotional support that organization's like yours and the Fore Our Soldier's provide is the "glue" that holds the whole process together. It was mentioned by one of the UK nurses yesterday "It is so grand that you Americans at home support the troops here, it's simply amazing, I don't know why we don't have that support" I smiled, and stated, "it's the folks at home these Marine's are fighting for"
Hey, it's the least we can do, since they take such good care of our guys. Besides, they are medics, and that's what SA medical does.