Paul A. Morin, The American Legion National Commander
JoAnn Cronin, American Legion Auxiliary National President
Earl Ruttkofsky, Sons of The American Legion National Commander
Many of the wounded arrive there naked. We are not talking about a hospital in the Sudan, but our very own Landstuhl (Land stool) Regional Medical Center in Germany, a stop on the journey home for most of the severely wounded Americans fighting in the War on Terror.
As Michael M. Phillips explains in his book, “The Gift of Valor,” the clothes of these heroes are often cut off their back by medics and corpsmen as they are evacuated from the battlefield. He adds, “If you make it to Landstuhl, you’re good to go. It was an article of faith among the Marine infantrymen in Iraq that if the corpsman plugged up the hole to keep you from bleeding out, and the field surgeons stitched up the important organs, and the Air Force got you all the way to the Army hospital in hl, Germany, then you’d live. You might not be the same. Your legs might not be where they were before the war. Your arms might not work as well. Your skin might be disfigured by burns. Your brain might be so badly injured that you might not be the same person you used to be. But you’d survive and eventually get home to your parents, your wife, your kids, your girl.” Read the rest of this entry »