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Back in our main camp, we’re in a building there and we had it fully setup there in case people in our camp got hurt you know with oxygen and everything like that but that was all in the rear, and again in the rear we had a local because there was peace in the city we were in. So we had a local hospital but we were a little sceptical about the doctors and stuff up there but if we had to we could take them there or if you go north you got the German hospital at Bondsteel, you got the British, and you got the German. There was a lot of field hospitals that other countries had set up north depending on what the problem was we could take them to them because one was good at ophthalmology, one was good at gynes we'd take them as what their specific specialty was. We were able to generalize that way. But otherwise on a daily run you’re going back and forth. It was just out of your ambulance and the problem we had actually leaving our own, the county we were in to make it to the border, as time went by and one of the bad things and we seen it quite often, people would take and you wouldn’t see this in Canada and they would take grandma or grandpa and push them into one of our vehicles to get hurt, killed, whatever and then try and sue the country. They’d say, “You hit my grandmother!” And it was sad, people would do this and I had seen quite a bit of it. I had someone hit the side of my vehicle and you’re watching out your mirror just like this watching who’s getting close to your vehicle and you’re always trying to move over to the middle of the road and you’re only doing ten, fifteen miles an hour just trying to leave your town but they’re trying to hit you and then say I’m going to sue you and just try and get money out of us. I had one just hit the side and the local cop, I looked back and she was gone and cop just waved us, said, “No, no keep going, keep going, ” because the local police start sitting along where we’re having this problem a lot and they’d watch it happen. I do have a friend from another posting where I was at, he had problems because someone actually did throw their grandmother under the front wheel and he says, you know, he was driving and he seen them standing there and all of a sudden he sees her come flying out out and that’s what the co-driver told him that she was pushed rather. It’s sad that things like that would happen over there. And that’s what they do they let one of their relatives die and then come back and say well give me money, but I guess that’s what extreme poverty will do to you.
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Mr. Williams tells of the drastic measures some of the locals would resort to because of extreme poverty.

Andy Williams

Mr. Williams was born June 24, 1964 in Trenton, Ontario. His father being in the Air Force, Mr. Williams had the strong desire to join, however, when his time came, the decision for service would be army and began his training career as an army medic. In 1985 he joined as a reservist and spent 25 years with the Regular Force. In 1997, Mr. Williams was deployed to Bosnia with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Royal Canadians holding rank of master corporal. Another opportunity for a posting was exercised in 1998 when he deployed to Kosovo, this time with the 1 Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment. Mr. William’s army career as a medic took him to many In-Canada posting serving with the Canadian military and upon retirement resides in Berwick, Nova Scotia with his wife and family.

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Medium:
Video
Owner:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Recorded:
March 19, 2014
Duration:
2:10
Person Interviewed:
Andy Williams
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Location/Theatre:
Kosovo
Battle/Campaign:
Bosnia
Branch:
Army
Units/Ship:
Lord Strathcona’s Horse
Rank:
Master-Corporal
Occupation:
Medic

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