Pediatrician Soldier: The Man the Kids Call 'Dr. Charlie' Goes to War

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"Pediatrician Soldier" tells Garbarino's amazing true story of how he left the safety and security of a successful medical practice to enter a combat zone. Experience a different side of war-the human side-with this deeply emotional first hand account of this pediatrician's oversees deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Compassionate and powerful, this book reveals this children's physician incredible dedication and devotion to caring for our troops, who he describes as just ...

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Overview

"Pediatrician Soldier" tells Garbarino's amazing true story of how he left the safety and security of a successful medical practice to enter a combat zone. Experience a different side of war-the human side-with this deeply emotional first hand account of this pediatrician's oversees deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Compassionate and powerful, this book reveals this children's physician incredible dedication and devotion to caring for our troops, who he describes as just 'big kids', using humor, empathy and love.

Get to know two soldiers - one fallen, Captain John J. McKenna killed by sniper fire while leading his soldiers during a mission - and - one forever traumatized, Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi who because of a small piece of shrapnel from a mortar attack returned in an "eyes open" coma.

Feel for those family members who don't know if their loved ones will return in a box, disabled or forever changed.

Remembering past wars, look into the future and never forget tomorrow's children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595461974
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Garbarino fulfilled his lifelong dream by becoming a pediatrician and helping children. His signature - clown nose, twirly hat, Mickey Mouse shirt and lollipops - earned him the affectionate nickname of 'Dr. Charlie'.
His life adventures continued when he became a medical officer in the United States Army and with compassion cared for soldiers and their children. COL Garbarino was the first New Jersey Army National Guard physician deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Charles resides in New Jersey with his wife Lydia.
PROCEEDS SUPPORT CHILDREN OF THE MILITARY
All royalties from the book will benefit "Our Military Kids", ourmilitarykids ,an organization which provides tangible support to the children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and Military Reserve personnel through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring that nurture and sustain the children during the time a parent is away in service to our country.
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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    Must read for anyone thinking about joining the military, or who cares about the men fighting for our nation

    If you are thinking about joining the military read this book first because you might change your mind when you find out the level of medical care that is provided to our soldiers- the people we call heros, but treat worse than dogs and criminals.<BR/><BR/>On a lighter note Dr Charlie's story is captivating. You will feel as if you woke up one day and were in the military in Iraq, because that's what happened to Dr Charlie. Keep in mind this is a guy who carries a gun in certain circumstances (when he is requied to do so), but never loads the gun because he has no intention of shooting anyone. Dr Charlie is the "Stranger in a Strange Land" of the 21st century.<BR/><BR/>The usual reaction for anyone who serves in the military and sees our soldiers being killed and mamed by road side bombs is to want to react violently and in revenge. Dr. Charlie actually says that he wants to go off the base and try to treat local children- which does not happen for many reasons.<BR/><BR/>The book is actually many short stories- ranging in length from a paragraph to a few pages long, so it is a very quick and easy read. This makes it a great gift to give to someone like a teenager or senior citizen who might not be inclined to sit down and read an entire book. Any part of this book that they read will give you some important information and insight into life in the military.<BR/><BR/>Lastly, everyone I know says they support the troops, no matter what their view is on the war. The question to ask yourself is- What have you done lately to support the troops? I suspect not very much. Well the proftis from this book goes to support families of soldiers, so this is your chance to make a small contribution.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    This is the 21 century's "Red Badge of Courage". What an inspiration!

    Dr. Garbarino is our Patch Adams and our hero! He has been there for our three sons. Dr. Charlie has been a calming influence on the many emergencies and illnesses 3 boys can have. He is a true advocate of children and has our trust and respect for teaching us to be the best we can be. <BR/><BR/>What we did not know was that this incredibly busy and accomplished man was also an author, who can expose the human side of a war. This is the modern equivalent of the classic book ¿A Red Badge of Courage¿. <BR/><BR/>Martin Luther King, Jr. said that we begin to die the day we remain silent about things that truly matter. Dr. Charlie will not remain silent and is giving those who can¿t a clear and powerful voice. We all need more ¿Dr.Charlies¿ in our lives. The inspiring stories change our mood and help our desire to serve our community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2009

    "Charlie" "Doc"

    Your book was absorbing, touching and humorous. Excellent donation cause. You are one brave indiviudal to have gone to Iraq twice and again you have volunteered to go to Afganistan to take care of children. There the pediatrician will be a pediatrician. Great Job !!!

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

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    A MUST READ

    AN AMAZING AND INSPIRING TRUE STORY. A REAL PAGE TURNER. I SMILED, I CRIED ALONG WITH THE AUTHOR AS I SEEMED TO BE ALONG SIDE HIM ON HIS JOURNEYS. A MUST READ BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS AND OLDER. A GREAT BOOK TO SEND TO YOUR LOVED ONES SERVING OUR COUNTRY OR WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY. HATS OFF TO THE AUTHOR!

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

    INCREDIBLE READ

    This book was one of the hardest books for me to put down! It is a true story that is inspiring to any age from teenagers and up. I would recommend this book for yourself, as well as a present for someone else.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Wonderful Book

    This is a well researched wonderful book for a great cause.

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