Occupational Therapists Share Deployment Experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan

William Heath Sharp, Matthew G. St. Laurent, Michelle J. Nordstrom, Brian T. Gregg, and Krustin Yu

Arriving in country just past midnight; it had been a hot, sweaty flight on a C-130 from Kuwait. We were bussed to the temporary sleeping arrangements on the Forward Operating Base (FOB). Soon after falling fast asleep a loud overhead speaker announced ‘incoming, incoming, incoming!’ Jumping out of our beds and seeking cover; we waited in apprehension to hear the explosion ... Instead we heard an ‘all clear, all clear, all clear.’ That night was the first of many uneasy sleeping nights.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Enrique Smith-Forbes, Occupational Therapist, US Army, Active Duty

Some of the unique missions, circumstances, and challenges experienced by occupational therapists during the last decade and a half (2001-2016) in support of OEF and OIF are demonstrated in this chapter by personal, firsthand accounts.

W.H. Sharp, B.S. • K. Yu, B.A.

Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine,

Uniformed Services University, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 4301 Jones Bridge Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

M.G. St. Laurent, M.S., O.T.R./L. (*)

Occupational Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

M.J. Nordstrom, M.S., O.T.R./L.

Outpatient Occupational Therapy Behavior Health, Department of Rehabilitation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; and Department of Rehabilitation Medicine,

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences,

4301 Jones Bridge Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA

B.T. Gregg, O.T.R./L.

Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral Student, University of Kentucky,

Lexington, KY 40506, USA

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017 E.C. Ritchie et al. (eds.), Psychiatrists in Combat, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-44118-4_5

 
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