An Iowa medic just back from Iraq says giving healthcare and handling emergencies was a job that didn’t discriminate between injured Americans and others in need of their help.Twenty-one-year-old Eric Dolash of Sigourney says Iraqi police officers and members of coalition forces would come in with bullet wounds from other Iraqis and some cases were everyday tasks like people who took daily medicines for things like high blood pressure. Dolash says there wasn’t a lot of temptation to neglect or turn away injured Iraqis, even when his unit put in a few weeks at the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib where inmates have allegedly been mistreated by U.S. soldiers. It’s not his job to judge, he says, or hold a grudge, and as a medic the task is taking care of everyone whether they’re an Iraqi detainee or coalition soldier. Dolash says his unit left in October before the abuses apparently took place. Though the Iraqis were enemy combatants, the National Guard medic says he wouldn’t take part in any mistreatment and doesn’t accept the idea. Even sorting the wounded when there are a lot of people hurt, the says the triage categories don’t take into account who the injured people are, and they don’t take into account where you’re from or what you were doing — Dolash says if they had three Iraqi prisoners and three coalition soldiers, they’d “treat the injuries and not the people.” Dolash has been home about four weeks, and is moving to Waverly and thinking about a career in medicine. He’s been trying to choose between medicine and business, but got such a good headstart and has seen so much more experience than even some students beginning medical school, that it led to his decision to go into medicine. For now, Dolash is finishing a couple of courses for the business degree he’d started before leaving for active duty with the Iowa City-based 109th medical battalion.
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