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Former Navy Medic Talks Deployment to Iraq: the Good and the Bad

Dr. Heidi Kraft has an amazing story. She was deployed to Iraq in 2004 to serve as a psychologist with a Marine Corps surgical company, leaving behind her 15-month-old twins. While in Iraq, Dr. Kraft

Former Navy Medic Talks Deployment to Iraq: the Good and the Bad

Originally aired on February 25, 2008.

Tom Fudge: We hear a lot about combat stress and the way the experience of warfare brings a new mentality to the people who go through it. Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Kraft experienced warfare in the role of a medic. To be exact, she was a clinical psychologist with Alfa Surgical Company. She was deployed from Camp Pendleton to serve nine months with Marine forces in Iraq.


Among the people she treated was a dying man who sacrificed his own life by throwing himself on a grenade to protect his comrades. Once Heidi returned to San Diego, she wrote a poem about her time in Iraq that became quite a phenomenon on the Internet. That lead to her writing a book called Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital.


  • Dr. Heidi Kraft , former lieutenant commander in the US Navy. She served as a psychologist in a Marine Corps surgical company in Iraq in 2004.