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Surgeon Soldier in Iraq – Part 9: Motivations

Letter dated 8/31/11
Greetings from Leitner,
Tumultuous last few weeks.  My replacement was supposed to arrive during the first week of September.  Not sure what happened, but he was a no show for his pre deployment training at Fort Benning.  I did …

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Surgeon Soldier in Iraq – Part 8: Family Hardship

Letters home from Major Eric Stark, in the OnSurg series describing his Iraq experience spanning from 2008 to 2011.
Letter dated 8/10/2011
Greetings from COB Leitner,
The last two weeks have been good.  I am settled and have made a great new group of friends. …

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Surgeon Soldier in Iraq – Part 7: Blood Patch

Major Stark returned from his first deployment in spring of 2009.  After working stateside for two years, he was re-deployed to Iraq.
 
Letter dated 7/27/2011:
Greetings from COB Leitner,
Finally made it.  The trip began on 16 July at Fort Benning, GA.  I …

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Surgeon Soldier in Iraq – Part 6: VIP’s and the Countdown

Letter home from Major Eric Stark, in the OnSurg series describing his Iraq experience spanning from 2008 to 2011.
 
Letter dated 4/3/2009:
Greetings from B dad
A little over a week left. We have been cruising along here in B dad. It is starting …