This corpsman did not stop caring for veterans and the needy when he received his DD214. Josh served in the Navy from 2003 – 2008 as an E4, Petty Officer 3rd Class. While his duties included tending to the sick and injured, Josh maintains a positive attitude and feels that he “got to see the good side of the military.”
He began his military career by serving 2 years reporting through San Diego as a surgical technician at the Naval Medical Center located at Balboa Hospital. During that time, he had a 5-month temporary assignment aboard the USNS Mercy for tsunami relief where he assisted with surgeries every single day; procedures such as eye surgeries, mending broken bones and even GYN surgeries.
He later spent time with the Fleet Surgical Team 3 aboard the USS Tarawa. This deployment included surgeries aboard ship in the Persian Gulf as well as humanitarian work in Bangladesh. (See photo) He is especially proud to have participated in the 1st civilian/military medical co-op of a large scale. He found himself interacting with hundreds of foreign (from Germany to Australia) civilians, nurses and surgeon volunteers and civilian medical staff from Project Hope.
Josh does not hesitate to declare that his service was overall positive. It gave him an education “second to none” and helped him to develop a sense of responsibility and how to conduct himself. Basically, he explains, it game him a career for his civilian life.
He also made great friends during his service; and, thanks to today’s technologies and social media, he has been able to stay in touch with 30-40 comrades he befriended during every stop in his tour.
Josh’s service to the military didn’t end with the issuance of his DD214. Today, he is still serving veterans as a Surgical Technician in the operating room at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. He continues to find his experiences rewarding (of course, because Josh is an incredibly positive individual) because the veterans at the VA hospital are “thankful” for the service and treatment they receive. He truly feels that this clientele is more appreciative for the assistance they receive than he might experience in a community hospital.
On the personal side…Josh is a newlywed, he NEEDS to be outdoors and he LOVES to fish (and we LOVE that he is good at it!). He currently serves on the Board at the American Legion Post 99. When he talks about his experience at the Legion, he reflects that it is a place of comradery with like-minded people who possess mutual hopefulness and are free of judgment.