Hi! So it’s been drawn to my attention that it might be good for me to explain who I am as this fundraiser is growing.
My name is Andy Hall, I am a nurse and former British Army Medic. Since 2014 I have been working in the humanitarian sector. I started in Sierra Leone as one of the first few expatriate medical staff on the ground. I went on to open and run what was the worlds first maternity units for expectant mother’s, suspected of having Ebola. Arguably the most dangerous job in the world for Health workers and one of the most vulnerable patient populations.
Since then, I have worked to help establish Emergency Medical Teams for INGOs ready to respond to the growing number of humanitarian crisis.
I have most recently worked in field hospitals in Mosul, Iraq during the fighting to clear ISIS and saw the amazing courage and work of Global Response Management first hand.
Now they are trying to reach Yemen and I hope to deploy there with them. Yemen has been in a state of civil war since 2015 and is facing an apocalyptic famine. The health system has been broken by the conflict and the ongoing targeting of civilians, hospitals and health workers means they desperately need help. So please consider donating, help us get to Yemen before Christmas. The link to the fundraiser is in my bio. Thank you #Yemencantwait#conflict#war#medicine#extrememedicine#nurse#medic#tccc#soothersmaylive#wem#combatmedic#veteran#battleworn#humanitarian#aid#help#humanity#health#healthcare#frontline @worldextrememedicine @altern8rv @northamericanrescue @global.response
Joining the military has always been a childhood dream of mine. Somewhere along the line when I was in highschool I let other people’s opinions steer me away from that and lost sight of that dream. Now I’m about to embark on a journey that will change who I am for a lifetime and forge me into a stronger person. I know adversity and challenges await me in the months to come, but I’m ready. Time to train and embrace the suck. @roguefitness @ar500armor @511tactical @usarmy #68w#combatmedic#futuresoldier#training#fitness#warriorethos
Just a very small glimpse of what I’ve been doing this past week. I’ve been in France...a combat medics memorial was dedicated and my Papa was there (at 98 years old!). My sister and I and a host of friends accompanied him to witness this historic moment. He is one of very few men left that was in all 3 1st waves (Africa, Italy, and France). His story is amazing and it’s astonishing that he lived through the invasion at Normandy. 90% of his men perished. This was the trip of a lifetime. #normandy#france#ww2#ww2monument#omahabeach#combatmedic#respect#loveoursoldiers
Two weeks until I leave these two unicorns of mine... I will be gone for a few months for basic training and AIT to become a combat medic for the United States Army. I’m going to miss them like crazy but in the end it will be worth it! Telling myself that it takes a strong mommy to raise strong little boys is what will get me through ❤️💪🏻🇺🇸 ps thank you @shealynjoyphoto for these AMAZING photos! You’re the best! Xoxo #armystrong#girlscan#combatmedic#68whisky
Sustaining hyper vigilance for long periods of time is not only mentally draining, but physically debilitating as well.
Being situationally aware doesn’t require you to have eyes on every single person in the room at the same time. It’s as simple as keeping your head on a swivel and looking for anyone not playing this game called life. Search for people who are sitting alone and scanning just as you are. Sustain a close eye on anyone that doesn’t fit the picture of the environment you’re in. Those anomalies are your first indicators. The rest is up to you to create your own contingency if something is to happen. What exits are there? Where’s my first piece of cover to jump to? What weapon can I utilize? Who will I protect first?
The next time you sit down somewhere to eat, cycle through these questions and visualize yourself performing these actions. Then continue to be aware of your surroundings while you slurp down your cafe mocha and eat your pumpkin bread.