Skip to comments.Kenosha soldier dies after contracting illness in Afghanistan
Posted on 07/25/2014 4:33:16 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
FORT HOOD, Tex. A Kenosha man has died while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense said Donnell Hamilton Jr., 20, died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.
Hamilton was serving in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan when the DOD said he contracted an illness
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Is it sand flea plague/camel spit fever or what!?
Too young. RIP.
Well that was informative. I’m wondering if it was the wrong kind of “illness” as is STD?
I figure if that is the cause it would not be so vague a report.
Sure hope the illness didn’t begin with an “E” and end with an “A”?
Many years ago I trained to be a Peace Corps volunteer to Afghanistan (thankfully I was ‘deselected’ before getting there). We were told that virtually all diseases were endemic in Afghanistan. Every week, the day before our one day off from training, we’d be given several inoculations to try to keep us as healthy as possible. The worst were rabies and cholera shots. A few weeks after I washed out, I met up with those who went there (the entire group left after one month in-country) and all were experiencing health problemsusually amoebic dysentery. It is not a healthy place, even if no one is actively trying to kill you.
My son, who served in Iraq (Army), 2003-2004 contracted a rash that comes and goes on different parts of his body and doctors don’t know yet just what it is.
He is classified as disabled at 0% disability, which means he can use V.A. docs and hospitals. He went to a V.A. clinic once and as far as I know hasn’t been back to one.
He has excellent insurance where he works. No doubt, soon to be trashed by ocare.
Well if it was lower Zambizi fever or something you would think they would just say. I wonder what the big secret is?
Thanks. Interesting post, yours.
Somewhere along the way I had to get cholera shots, now forgotten for which country, but not in the stans/Mid-East. Only thing I remember is pain and a red spot on my arm.
Did you eventually serve ‘somewhere’ in the Peace Corps?
No, my Afghan training was it. The rabies shots started burning as they went init was interesting watching my arm muscles reacting to the shot. But in a lot of ways the cholera shots were worse. Many woke up the next morning sick from them (that’s why they gave them the night before our days off). Mine felt as though someone had punched me in the arm a dozen times or so. I was lucky to have been deselected the day before the gamma globulin shots. People who got them described them as being like large syringes full of something as thick as honey.