The author, Patrick Thibeault was compelled to write this memoir after returning from Afghanistan in 2005. He felt that his experiences as a combat medic during Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and fifteen years later during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan made him the best qualified person to tell about the combat medic. The Author feel that the story of the modern day combat medic is something that is not being told. There have been television shows on such about infantry forces in Vietnam, movies about Special Forces soldiers, even movies about the 160th and the Army Rangers. No stories about the modern medic specifically. The author talked with other combat medics who wish that they could write about their experiences.
Patrick writes about growing up as an Army brat and moving every couple of years. He writes about dealing with post traumatic stress disorder and how he deals with this disease. Patrick writes about the training of a medic and how he used that training in combat. The Author writes about being a seasoned older medic giving some dear advice to a new medic. The book itself is not just combat. The book is about the Journey that the author took.
Patrick entitled the book, “My Journey as a Combat Medic : From Operation Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom” for this. The author was a naive new medic at first and as the years had gone by, he was the seasoned old medic. Looking back, he remember those old seasoned medics that he would look to for advice and inspiration. Enough stories and documentaries have been written about the surgeons in combat hospitals. A true story needs to be told about the medics who took care of the wounded first.