Sunday, January 11, 2009

Combat Life Savers -- The Army's newest training is saving real lives of NE Ohio soldiers

I was so glad to have the opportunity to witness this training and prepare the story for Friday's "Focus" segment.

When I was deployed to Iraq/Kuwait, I was often frustrated that only a handful of soldiers in my unit were trained as Combat Life Savers (CLS). What if I was wounded and one of them wasn't in my HMMV with me?

The impact of the Army's decision to train all deploying soldiers with CLS is exponential, and I'm glad we were also able to offer a live interview with a VA expert on what care those local wounded troops are getting.

As always, your comments are encouraged .. Eric


3 comments:

vanillacokehead said...

great story, Eric - saw it Friday night. Battlefield first aid looks like it's taken a quantum leap in a short amount of time...

Anonymous said...

It brought tears to my eyes that something so simple that had not been done is now being done. No matter what any of us think of this war, we owe the troops all we can do for them. They are there for us and we need to be there for them.
It would help to know what we, who have so "skin in the game" as they say could do for the returning troops and those still involved.

Thanks for being our eyes and ears.

Pam

R.S. said...

Eric, When my daughter and now husband deployed to Iraq I very happy to learn that my husband was one to take the combat life savers classes. Let us hope and pray that our soldiers will only have to take the classes and not have to use their life saving knowledge. In a world filled with so much violence and war we have to start somewhere. Maybe this is a way to bring home all our soldiers so that they may spend the rest of their lives with their loved ones. I ask everyone to please support our soldiers. We may not agree with the politics in this country but please don't forget our dedicated soldiers.