Remembering a Vermont hero

Stone established an operation in a small shipping container where he supervised medical staff from the ANA. He also provided support on combat presence patrols. After about a month, Stone returned home to Vermont for a well-deserved rest. In the meantime, my team prepared to move to Mazar and replace another Task Force Mountain team in that location.

Stone joined my team upon his return and went about his job without bringing much attention to himself. He opened the clinic where ANA medics and doctors saw patients, made sure the ANA personnel were following the proper procedures and answered questions as they arose. Our team had daily meetings at which Stone talked about the number of patients he anticipated and the numbers started at around 50. Within days, he reported numbers closer to 150. Our team became very interested in the work Stone was doing and made a point to observe his valiant efforts on a daily basis.

Each day a line outside his small shipping container began forming around 7 a.m. Stone recognized that the earlier the doors opened, the less of a rush they had throughout the day. So Stone arrived at his make-shift clinic at 6:30 a.m. to ensure that everything was in place before the masses arrived. Daily he reported at our 8 a.m. meeting as to how many patients his clinic had already seen. By about his fourth week with us, Stone was seeing around 175 people a day. The doctors and medics rotated throughout the day, but Stone remained present practically every minute the doors were open.

When the day was done, usually around 2 p.m., Stone did not stop. He updated us on issues of concern and proposed solutions. He even coordinated trips into town to buy much needed medications and supplies.

The people that visited the clinic came from all around; some walked more than 10 miles to receive medical attention from the clinic.

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