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Role as Medic a bit Different

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Role as Medic a bit Different

As medics we’re a little bit different like in the army and stuff like that. Our role is different dealing with life and death every day and how we deal with it compared to what they are doing. Some of the bases I was too were with smaller units, we got to know each other’s families, we were very close, well-knit bases, we partied together and lived together kind of thing. It was really good that we all knew each other, it was good that way. It was hard on deployments because in most cases, you’re from another unit as a medic going in there whether it be when I was with, in Bosnia or Kosovo, so you’re a small group of six or seven people, you try to get along with these people but they all have other jobs they don’t know you, they just met you two months before you go overseas and they know that when they go back to Canada they won’t have anything to do with you again. You see you get to know a few of them, you don’t get to know a lot of them very well so it’s hard being dropped in and said, okay know all these people and get along and all of a sudden you didn’t get the real connection with them all the time and stuff like that. You do it with a few but not as many as you would like so it makes the tours a little harder because unless you like the other five or six medics you’re with it can make for a long six months.

Dealing with life and death situations, Mr. Williams tells of the bond amongst comrades and how it differs because of the type of connection he has within the unit.

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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Veterans Affairs Canada
March 19, 2014
Person Interviewed:
Andy Williams
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Lord Strathcona’s Horse

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