Here’s why veterans make amazing medical professionals


By Vicki Salemi

When Rego Park resident Matthew Smith attended boot camp in 2012 as a Navy hospital corpsman, a profound sight made him stop in his tracks.

“Four servicemen were wheeled out by their wives. They must have been fresh from Afghanistan, and were missing at least two limbs apiece.”

Smith also observed the servicemen managed to be chatty and cheerful. Meanwhile, Smith was floored and devastated as he also noticed their skin grafts from burns.

“I started to tear up … I also knew they needed platelets [components of blood] — clotting concentrates to shore up those skin grafts.”

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