- By Heidi Squier Kraft

Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

  • Title: Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital
  • Author: Heidi Squier Kraft
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Rule Number Two Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital When Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft s twin son and daughter were fifteen months old she was deployed to Iraq A clinical psychologist in the US Navy Kraft s job was to uncover the wounds of war tha

    When Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft s twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed to Iraq.A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft s job was to uncover the wounds of war that a surgeon would never see.She put away thoughts of her children back home, acclimated to the sound of incoming rockets, and learned how to listen to the most traumatic storiWhen Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft s twin son and daughter were fifteen months old, she was deployed to Iraq.A clinical psychologist in the US Navy, Kraft s job was to uncover the wounds of war that a surgeon would never see.She put away thoughts of her children back home, acclimated to the sound of incoming rockets, and learned how to listen to the most traumatic stories a war zone has to offer.One of the toughest lessons of her deployment was perfectly articulated by the TV show M A S H There are two rules of war Rule number one is that young men die Rule number two is that doctors can t change rule number one Some Marines, Kraft realized, and even some of their doctors, would be damaged by war in ways she could not repair And sometimes, people were repaired in ways she never expected RULE NUMBER TWO is a powerful firsthand account of providing comfort admidst the chaos of war, and of what it takes to endure BOOK JACKET

    1 thought on “Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital

    1. Caveat: I rated the book 5 stars because I thought it was a poignant personal memoir of a young mom in a combat zone - not because I thought the writing was amazing or the storytelling especially great. I'd have liked to read a bit more about her professional perspective as a psychologist and the psychological toll that this particular war is taking on our warriors. I was a bit surprised by her retelling the bit about the suicidal Iraqi informer working with the SF who she only reluctantly spoke [...]

    2. Okay. Rarely do I read other people's reviews of a book that I liked and get annoyed that they didn't like it as much as me. Mostly I just think they're probably dumb. Not really, I'm just kidding. Everybody has different tastes. But I just read some of the reviews on here that didn't like this book, and I kind of want to punch them in the nose. Like the dude down here who says the book annoyed him because some commanders were concerned and grief stricken over a soldier who had a non fatal wound [...]

    3. this book is absolutly amazing, its so easy to get lost in whats happening in the book. i can tell yeah, i burned the midnight oil reading this book. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! i swear everytime heidi would get a letter from home it made it feel so real. ( if thats makes sense) like i felt as if the letters were actualy meant for me, thats how caught up in the book i was. to me this book hits close to home, my father served a 18 month deployment with the U.S Army. some of the stuff heidi went thr [...]

    4. In today's world, there are so few citizens that truly represent the best of society. Our soldiers, airmen and sailors reflect our country and demonstrate, in many cases, extraordinary values. Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft is one of those fine servicewomen. But this story is really about the soldiers she served and their incredible sacrifices and fears.As a clinical therapist, she was one of two psychologists assigned to serve 10,000 Marines. Frankly, with the number of soldiers that suffer from trauma [...]

    5. I'm admittedly biased. Heidi, the author, is my sister-in-law. When her twin children, her only children, were 15 months old, Heidi was deployed to Iraq. She was a clinical psychologist in the Navy there for 7 months. We received regular e-mail updates from her that made the war in Iraq very close and personal to my wife and me. I'm so proud that Heidi wrote this book. It came out a few months before my book, Inheriting the Trade, was published so we shared the publishing experience together by [...]

    6. He felt fear. He felt shame that far outweighed the fear. He went on to explain that he had been in Iraq almost two months. This injury would earn him his third Purple Heart. He told me he was afraid his luck was about to run out. (75)As a psychologist with the Navy, Kraft's work while deployed in Iraq had a rather different tenor than it might at home. Peacetime psychology is an extended affair, weeks of wrestling with topics; wartime (military) psychology is described as more of a stopgap meas [...]

    7. What started as a great premise - the psychological results of war on the soldiers and how to help them - never materialized. She made it look like a couple of sessions with her and you were good to go. Hoo - Hah. Semper Fi. The writing was very superficial and self-serving. It may have been cathartic for her to write but not great for me to read. No depth. Take a pass.

    8. I was really interested to read this, because I was originally thinking of doing basically what Dr. Kraft did (except with a degree in social work). I think my life is going to take me in a different direction, but this book certainly reminded me where that passion came from originally. Kraft is obviously proud of the people she works with and the (mostly) young Marines who are so devoted to one another and so devastated by every loss. I appreciate her openness about deeply personal matters, suc [...]

    9. After reading Rule Number Two I revisited the idea of "triage." Mirriam Webster's Dictionary defines triage as, "the sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients and especially battle and disaster victims according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors" (emphasis added). Although that word only shows up twice in this book, it seems like an appropriate way to think about battlefield clinical practice and as a metaphor for understanding institutional prioriti [...]

    10. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Heidi Squier Kraft was a clinical psychologist at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FLA. She along with several other medical personnel were being sent to Iraq. This was in 2003 in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom during which many such teams had already been deployed and some had returned to a different world. Her greatest initial challenge was preparing herself for her separation from her children but before a few weeks were up she was entrenched in a MASH [...]

    11. In an old M*A*S*H* episode, Hawkeye is distraught at losing a patient on the table. His Commanding Officer shares with him that, “Rule number is that young men die. Rule number two is that doctors can’t change rule number one.” Plucked from her quiet psychologist’s caseload on a stateside military base, Dr. Heidi Kraft finds that old adage remains true on the battlefields of Iraq today. She leaves behind her fifteen month old twins and husband to spend seven months in a makeshift base in [...]

    12. This is one of the most incredible, well written, books I have ever read. I feel like I know Heidi, that she was telling me this story while I sat with her. I feel like I cried with her, laughed with her, and I deeply understand that I will never, ever know what she went through. Reading this book gave me a glimpse into her seven months in Iraq, but I know that what I felt reading this book, vivid and jarring and heartfelt and human as it was, was experiencing her world through a filter of comfo [...]

    13. What an amazing, personal insight into the experiences of a mental health care professional serving in the Iraq war. War stories are not my typical fare, but my sister lent it to me, saying she couldn't put it down once she started it. Me either. It's heart-wrenching, bringing me to tears more than once. It's a small peek into life in an active war zone that I can't even envision. It's a memoir written for her children to help them understand why she had to go overseas when they were mere toddle [...]

    14. This book moves the heart and stirs the soul like no other. In a time of uncertainty and vocal bashing of the war and the soldiers who fight for our freedoms this book is a must read. Heidi Kraft gives the civilian an unprecedented and candid look into the pride and love for our country that the men and women of our armed forces have for the US. I cried and laughed throughout this book. I urge every American citizen to read this book with an open mind, so that this nation can once again be a pro [...]

    15. Unfortunately there are wounds brought back from war that are harder to see. These are the hidden psychological injuries that the military faces, and Kraft sheds light on the subject beautifully. As an Army Psychologist deployed to Iraq, she talks about counseling troops after traumatic events, heroics, and even her own mental health stresses.She also goes into great detail about her experience with Corporal Jason Dunham, who squeezed her hand to tell her that he was still alive, making this an [...]

    16. Because I'm most interested in the medical side of things, I was happy to find this. And it was a great look into the mental health side of things, especially as the author points out that nothing is separated -- she may be a psychologist, but she was still witness and involved with combat medicine. She talks about certain patients that stood out, but also daily life. Definitely sad at times, it was a nice look at what things are like there attached to a hospital.

    17. This is an excellent book about a Navy psychologist who gets deployed to a combat hospital in Iraq. She shares her experiences, both the good things and the bad things. It made me remember many of the good things I did and learned and the great satisfaction I felt when I deployed to Iraq for 14 months. I think this is a must read! Very touching and poignant.

    18. This a book that all Americans should read. I feel because wars are fought miles away, we don't fully understand the reality of war. This book gives an honest description of what it actually means to fight in a war. It gives voices and faces to those who fight for our freedom.

    19. An oversimplified view of crisis intervention therapy, in my opinion. Read more like disaster porn than memoir for me.

    20. I check this out from the library after reading a review in Army Magazine. Dr. Kraft my be a talented psychologist, but she is not a talented writer.

    21. The U.S. Navy is deploys Doctor Kraft, a Lieutenant Commander in to Iraq to provide clinical psychologist services to men and woman in combat. Stationed in Al Asad, she is part of a Marine Corp medical team providing emergency triage and medical services. Kraft conveys the agony separate from family and children faced by her and others. The vivid descriptions highlight the heat, dust, and insects take on a body. Flak and Kevlar seemed insufficient when incoming artillery shells hit nearby. Physi [...]

    22. An important reminder of the services provided and sacrifices made by the medical personnel in the military who treat our soldiers in combat zones. Not just a personal journal of her own experiences and time in Iraq (her trauma, grief, and good moments), but a book about the dedication of the doctors and soldiers in war and the traumas they experienced.

    23. Wow! That's all I can really say about this book! Except for thisTHANK YOU to our past, present and future military personnel! I'm married to one and now have a better understanding of what they go through over there!!

    24. An absolutely incredible account of life in a war zone. Dr. Kraft shares her experiences frankly yet with grace and compassion. This book should be a must read for ALL Americans.

    25. I picked up this book after reading another book that mentioned it. I am so glad I ran across it. I think that it is important to read about the experiences of those who are going to war for our country, and those who care for the injured - I really felt for this woman, and connected with her story. One thing that will always stay with me is her experience with Corporal Jason Dunham.

    26. Former Navy Psychologist Kraft has written a heartfelt account of her time in Iraq serving with, and aiding mostly, US Marines with psychological issues.As a man, and a former Marine, I felt some frustration in reading this book as it provides little insight into the psychological situations combat personnel confront as a result of their experiences. Of course, the other side of this perspective is that Dr.Kraft is revealing something of that which she had to deal with everyday as a giver of aid [...]

    27. Dr Heidi Kraft went to Iraq as clinical psychologist ("shrink") with a Marine hospital. She left behind her two children, twins, a boy and a girl 15 months old. In a preface she writes that she has told her story so that one day her children will read it, and understand why she had to leave them.The writing is straightforward. The chapters are short, and switch back and forth between her experiences in the field, and her news from home. She writes about the heat, the insects, the food, and fun t [...]

    28. To my mind this bood has a very good lesson for everyone. This book based on a real story. It is about a woman called Heidi, served a USA Navy and she was a psychologist at this military branch. She is getting deployed to the Iraq and should leave her family and parents behind. She is being so stressed about the situation and trying her best not to show it in front of her little kids. In Iraq Heidi missing her family a lot, but also she knows how important she is at the plase where she is. Heidi [...]

    29. 3.5 stars.This book was easy to read with short uncomplicated stories of different events while the author was deployed to Iraq to support the Marines as a psychologist. With this set up I was expecting some insights into the trauma of combat, how to help those who have been through it, and some other insight in general into being a military psychologist. While some of that was there, I thought a lot of it just wasn't what I was expecting from this book. It really was much, much more about the p [...]

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