War, huh. What is it good for?

Fucking people up, for one. It’s super good at that. And where there are war zones, there are hospitals full of hardworking people putting those victims back together. What you may not have realized is that medicine often doesn’t discriminate — these guys will stitch together comrades, enemies, and civilians all in the same shift. That right there can make for some awkward goddamned moments.

We talked to “Jim,” a mental health specialist, and “Sara”, a medic in Camp Bucca Iraq. We also spoke with “Bill,” a nurse in Afghanistan. They said …

5) It’s Their Job To Make The Enemy Feel Better

Ronald Bucca was a New York City Fire Department marshal who died on 9/11, after running into one of the towers and climbing all the way up to the blazing impact site on the 78th floor. For some reason, the military decided to honor his memory by naming a prison camp in Iraq after him. Tens of thousands of insurgents and suspected insurgents, including the current leader of ISIS and most of his top men, spent time at Camp Bucca.

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