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The purpose of the DWMMC is to get deployed patients coming from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately cared for, so they can either return as soon as possible to the combat theater or be evacuated to the United States for further treatment, Pamerleau said.
Moreover, the DWMMC is assisted by a group of chaplains, the American Red Cross and USO, Frazier said.
"When a patient gets good news about his or her diagnosis and finds out that they can go back to duty, that is my most rewarding moment as a nurse," said Lue Daniels, a nurse assigned to the DWMMC.
Frazier agrees: "There was one guy who came through the DWMMC as an amputee and he had tears in his eyes when he spoke of the care he received.
Harvey said depending on the nature of their visit to the DWMMC, patients are usually only there for an average of five days, so it's hard to actually "treat" them for any emotional problems they may be experiencing.
The DWMMC is important because it places all those fighting in Afghanistan and elsewhere in one ward where they can "talk things out," Harvey said.
The DWMMC staff's unheralded efforts reach far beyond medical care.
Service members from Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Norway have been brought to the DWMMC, Rubenstein said, as have CIA agents and a Canadian reporter.
And Chaplain (CPT) Archie Simmons of the 87th Combat Support Bn., at Fort Stewart, Ga., who was serving in Africa, arrived at DWMMC after spending time in the intensive care unit of a French-run hospital in Africa, also with chest pains.
"The most memorable event for me as part of the DWMMC staff came after Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan, when 10th Mountain Division soldiers who had suffered combat-related injuries arrived at the DWMMC," said Broom.
special forces soldiers were injured in the very first bomb attack in Afghanistan, they were also flown to LRMC, said DWMMC's SPC Thomas Livingston.
Of the patients DWMMC has received, some 600 have been Army personnel, said Livingston.
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