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My Journey as a Combat Medic: From Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom

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The story of a combat medic who served in two different wars.
The author writes the true life experienes having served over 20 yrs in both the active army in the well storied 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment as a Paratrooper and Flight Medic during Operation Desert Storm and again in Afghanistan in his Army National Guard unit, the 76th Infantry Brigade.

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Paperback, 201 pages
Published by IBJ Publishing (first published October 7th 2011)
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Tony
I do not like being negative in reviews and generally find the good parts in any book. This book has some positive points that I will get to, but first I’m afraid I have to mention the negatives.

First off I think the writer has been let down a bit by the proofreader and editors. There are more mistakes than I would expect from an Osprey book. At one point the word “sight” was used instead of ”site”. I also found that some of the paragraphs seemed to go on far too long for my liking. Yes, I know
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Jessi
I won this book in a Goodreads contest earlier this year. I wanted to enjoy Mr Thibeault's book because of the sacrifices he made for our country. I have the utmost respect for him and all that he's done in his life. I'm honored that he was able to help so many people and to be such a positive role model to everyone who he has come across. He seems to be a no nonsense guy who doesn't suffer fools lightly while at the same time mentoring and challenging people to raise their standards and to be ...more
Itsjustme-wendy
This book was not quite as good for me as I was hoping. It was interesting in parts, and I did learn some things. But I guess it was really just not a good fit for me.
The author of this book seemed like a really great guy. I would definitely want him on my side! He walked you through a lot of the training needed for being a combat medic. I got a little confused with the timeline, it went back and forth a little. So once I figured that out, I was good.
I did like that he seemed to treat all people
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Stacie
Patrick Thibeault has dedicated his life to serving others both as a soldier and as a nurse practitioner. There was no doubt as I read this book, that he has a deep commitment towards the health and welfare of others. Whether the patient was on the battlefield, an enemy, someone in his barracks, or back here in the states in a hospital, they received the best care possible from Thibeault.

I think this is a great book for someone who can identify with being a soldier, a medic, or someone who has
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Anita
This was my first free book from goodreads so naturally I was thrilled to get it.
I applaud Mr. Thibeault for writing a book he felt needed to be written. I also applaud him for his dedicated years of service to his country and his fellow soldiers. His treatment of civilians and enemy soldiers as well as "the good guys" is a side of medical service that is often under-appreciated but is very much to be proud of.
The fact that this is a first book for this author is evident in the reading but overa
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James
I liked this book because it gave me insight into another military area of expertise, I have always had an interest in military life and various job specialties. Typically you only get to hear about senior leadership, or Infantry, or Special Forces, you do not often get to hear about the average every day service members who keep the military running.

This book basically covers Patrick Thibeault’s entire life, he talks about growing up in a military family, traveling around the world, moving fro
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Steph
While I've never had a special interest in the military, I appreciate the chance to read and review well crafted memoirs by soldiers who have served in war. For me, a book like this is an important piece of living history. It's also a chance to vicariously experience a soldier's life in a way that is neither romanticized nor reconfigured to deliver a heavy "war is hell" message. It's simply an honest story of wartime experiences, conveying the horrors of war along with myriad acts of courage and ...more
Cheryl
I knew I would enjoy this book from the very first page when Author Patrick Thibeault described jumping off an airplane as a paratrooper. Then he mentions Chick-Fil-A. Automatic five stars! Ahh.

With music lyrics, personal photographs, and cadences, this is one book I can never read in a library. I was singing the songs and yelling the cadences, remembering them from when I was growing up. I'm not an Army Brat, but I am an Air Force Brat with friends in all the branches, so we were raised hearing
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Sarah
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reader giveaway and this is my first time writing a review. I wish I had taken notes in reading the book because thinking back on it now there were specific parts that I would have liked to expand on. This is a valuable lesson I learned which I hope will improve my next review.

I liked Thibeault’s writing style. It came across as sitting across the table from someone and listening to them talk about their experiences. Thibeault presents his story in a matter
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Karen
Thank you Patrick for your 20 years of service!!

Great book for someone who might be considering a career in the service as a medic.

I found this interesting because I have an nephew in the Army medical field and it gave me a much better understanding of his life, relocations, training and time away from family.

I hope the writing of the book was beneficial to Patrick's PTSD. Let's not be hard on the guy in the group that wasn't dressed to your expectations, he may have a hard time even getting
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Joy
I won a copy of this book through goodreads.

Well, honestly, I couldn't bring myself to finish this book. It's not that it was bad, it was just, well, I don't know. I felt it was very informative. It gave a lot of insight and really explained what it was like to be part of a military family. I jut felt it was so random in the flow of things. It was like hanging out with somebody and them just talking about random things that happened in the past. For civilians, it can really give you a feel for m
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Maria
Patrick Thibeault, a retired US Army Sergeant, offers a candid and, for the most part, positive description of his 20 years as a combat medic. With common sense and compassion, he did his best to heal the injured - ally and enemy alike. In retirement now, he endures a constant struggle with PTSD but has found some positive therapy in his pets - a dog and 2 cats. This book is a good read.
Kara
This book is a real life look of Patrick's life as a combat medic. I think that this book is a good read for both military and nonmilitary people. It was very insightful and painted a true picture of what life can be like as a combat medic. I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways!
Wes Graves
It was a great story, but suffered from the writing style or lack of. The author has a great story to tell, but the book needed some better editing. All in all it was a good book.
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