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LTC (Ret) Jim Reed, CRNA- Special Ops Nurse Anesthetist and Veteran Suicide Prevention Advocate

Updated: Aug 9, 2022

LTC(Ret) Reed has held various assignments in the Army Medical Department including Intensive Care Nurse and Flight Nurse in the Army Burn Unit. He was the Distinguished Graduate of the prestigious US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing. Afterward, he was assigned to the 126th Forward Surgical Team at Ft. Hood, Texas. He was then selected to join the ranks of an elite medical unit that supported Special Mission Units in Counter-Terrorist Operations in 2001. While a member of this elite unit he deployed 9 times to combat for over 1500 days in war zones. He participated in hundreds of combat missions and administered care to hundreds of casualties. Through his service he earned The Legion of Merit, 5 Bronze Stars Medals, 2 Air Medals, and many other awards and decorations.

In this episode, LTC (Ret) Reed describes his unique experience becoming one of the most deployed certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) in Army medicine. He discusses his experience with remarkable saves and the life lessons he learned while treating those who could not be saved. He discusses serving with tip-of-the-spear elite units, to training and mentoring future CRNAs, and his deployment conversations with NFL football player turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman. Jim discusses not only what CRNAs do for the military, but also his subsequent work on helping veterans to hopefully reduce the suicide rates. Veteran suicide is a very important topic and he discusses his post-military career work and his perspective on how veterans can help one another.

Jim shares many insights and lessons learned over a distinguished career and provides some valuable advice for all listeners. You don't want to miss this episode!

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