Foremost among the many problems that can compromise
a survivorís ability to return to safety are medical problems
resulting from parachute descent and landing, extreme
climates, ground combat, evasion, and illnesses contracted
Many evaders and survivors have reported difficulty in
treating injuries and illness due to the lack of training and
medical supplies. For some, this led to capture or surrender.
Survivors have related feeling of apathy and helplessness
because they could not treat themselves in this environment.
The ability to treat themselves increased their morale
and cohesion and aided in their survival and eventual return
to friendly forces.
One man with a fair amount of basic medical knowledge
can make a difference in the lives of many. Without qualified
medical personnel available, it is you who must know
what to do to stay alive.