By Mark L. Donald
A memoir from a SEAL and medic within which he explores his 25-year profession in risky strive against missions and the post-traumatic pressure sickness that constructed at home.
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I had seen the gang and drug violence that plagued the streets of Albuquerque; I understood the seriousness of his curriculum. I also found unconventional medicine fascinating, and it wasn’t long before fascination turned into real interest. ” he asked as I entered. He was wearing glasses and had a stethoscope around his neck. He looked different to me, and for a moment I thought I was in the room with someone I had never met. Strange how a few common personal items and a change of scenery can completely transform a person.
You tell us all the time the difference between a handout and help is the effort those in need put into the solution. ” I heard Mom reluctantly agree through tears, but what else could she do? Things were falling apart, and she knew we couldn’t survive this way much longer. She also knew that her role as teacher and loving parent would diminish the second Michael took a job in the adult world; others would influence his life, and that’s hard for any parent. Dad’s internal pain and alcohol abuse had transformed him from a loving parent to a violent brute, and through the years, Michael and my eldest sister were often at the receiving end of his rage.
The thirteen weeks of boot camp were rapidly coming to a close, and as crazy as it sounds I didn’t want to leave. The Marine Corps brought structure to my life, taught me lessons in humility, and forever changed me for the better. Now it was my job to continue on that path, and that started with four vital lessons: Never assume expertise in anything, an individual’s background doesn’t matter, perseverance pays, and the battlefield can favor the lean combatant. Staff Sergeant Sandoval’s advice had served me well since I arrived, but those four rules would become critical building blocks for my future career.
Battle ready : memoir of a SEAL warrior medic by Mark L. Donald