CNN is running programming this weekend on there Cable News Network outlining the medical treatment that soldiers in Iraq are receiving when they are injured. To say that medical procedures have improved over the years in a war zone would not do justice to the medical staff I saw working to save lives in this documentary. It is amazing to watch these medical professionals swing into action when an injured soldier is brought either into a field hospital or trauma unit inside the "green zone" in Baghdad.
When I was young, I was a faithful fan of the television show "M.A.S.H." which outlined the daily duties of doctors working to save the lives of soldiers in Korea. To compare the surgical and medical techniques of the doctors in the Korean War to the advanced medical procedures in Iraq today, is the different between night and day. There is much criticism of the out of control costs of medical care in the United States and for the most part, I agree that the rate of increase in medical treatment costs, year over year, is too high compared with the rate of inflation. However, when I see documentaries like the one shown by CNN this weekend I do see that the millions of dollars that are spend on training medical personnel in the U.S. is money well spent.
As support for the War in Iraq has gone down with the American people, thank goodness most Americans are separating the soldiers from the Bush administration as anger and tempers rise across the country at the slow progress being made by the Iraqi government. In my view, every single American soldier is a hero simply because they decided to volunteer to serve this country and put their lives at risk for a nation they love. So many families spend sleepless nights worrying about there sons, daughters, fathers and mothers that are in harms way in Iraq and they pray daily that their loved one will someday return home, alive and in one piece from this dangerous war zone.
This Memorial Weekend would be a good time to seek out soldiers that are home on leave from the Iraq War and do something special for them. Something as simple as buying their lunch or offering to help them do yard work would be a sign to them that you care and appreciate there sacrifice to this great country. Even a friendly handshake or pat on the back will go a long way toward showing these brave men and women that they are not forgotten by the American people and when they ship back overseas again, it will not just be there families that will be praying for them but a united nation of 300 million people plus, as well.