Tiffany Madison (vixen1836) (vixen1836) wrote in little_details,
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Iraq War Veteran Deployment, Injury/Recovery Help Needed

I am writing a novel about an infantry Marine no longer in the United States Marine Corps. The story takes place in the summer of 2007; this Marine suffered injuries that rendered him medically discharged. This is for a novel which can be looked at here: www.tiffanyragle.com. It was originally published online, removed for publication. Credit will be given for research assistance.
I have a few questions.

1. UNIT/COMBAT DEPLOYMENT ASSIGNMENT

I would be most grateful for a deployment history by month for the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines so that I may correctly assign this character. I need this character to be injured during urban combat operations either in Fallujah (possibly unlikely given the change in mission at this time?) or during operations during the Second Battle of Ramadi (June 2006-November 2006) on September 27th, 2006 (this can be changed, but I need it in late September), which is the Marine's Alive Day. 

For this Marine's career, I had him serving with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines from 2001-2005, at which time (during his third deployment), he jumped units to the legendary 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. This is significant for this character because his grandfather fought under these colors during the Battle of Guadalcanal, Pacific War, World War II.

To even convey the amount of research I have done on my own would make everyone's head explode, nevertheless, I am now confused enough to appeal to this expert site. Here is a link conveying my plot summary based on the research I completed before. It even comes up in a Google search for this topic (HA!):

http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:dbBcNUq_naQJ:www.tiffanyragle.com/forum/viewtopic.php%3Ff%3D3%26t%3D30+3rd+battalion+5th+marines+IED+alley&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

At a random search, I located now contradictory information, indicating that the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines took over for another unit in the city of Fallujah Iraq during the fall of 2006, while another report (one that I followed in building my plot!) indicates that Marines from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines were securing Route Michigan, or IED Alley in the city of Ramadi, Al Anbar, Iraq. 

2. INJURY RECOVERY TIME/REHABILITATION

This character is injured with third degree burns received in small portions on his foot, hand and neck from a burning structure, and by two AK-47 rounds (fired at a distance with downward trajectory from a rooftop). He is hit in the shoulder and in the thigh. 

A. WHICH FACILITY? This Marine receives medevac (clearly from either Ramadi or Fallujah!) and is then transferred to Baghdad, then to Germany and then a Veteran's Hospital Stateside. I do not have to name the hospital; I just need a plausible location for an Infantry Marine with serious injuries to be treated and undergo rehabilitiation.

B. RECOVERY TIME? I have heard varying opinions on the recovery time that this character would need based on the severity of the injuries. To be honest, at this point, I just need to be able to work with the following plot elements.

The longest possible time I can keep the character in a VA facility while recovering from injuries, while considering the following: 

  • The character runs obsessively and chops wood in preparation for winter June 2006 (living in solitude in old ancestral home), 10 months post-injury. Both activities are exercises in routine the character undertakes both because he is grateful to be able to do so, and because he seeks activity for various reasons. 
  • Severity of injuries should be able to fit both long recovery time of at least 8 months, and this level of activity, otherwise I can move the wood chopping exercise until the fall of that year. Advisement needed.
Previous research includes requesting expert opinions from Marines and medical professionals, Google for HOURS and sitting on hold with the Phoenix VA for nearly 20 minutes only to be told "they don't know". :)

Again, any help from one detailed author to another would be most appreciated. Full credit provided in the acknowledgements.

Thank you!
Tags: usa: military (misc), ~medicine: burns & smoke inhalation, ~medicine: injuries (misc), ~medicine: injuries: gunshot wounds
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