Balancing Compassion with Emotional Control as an AirEvac Medic with Bill Austin

Bill Austin joins us today to discuss his drive to join the military and his experiences while serving his country in Grenada, Bosnia, Kosovo as well as Afghanistan and Iraq. He explains why he decided to switch from the Army to the Air National Guard, his experiences while serving in each branch, and the challenges he faced in transitioning and adapting to the Air Guard’s culture. He describes the emotional turmoil military medical personnel experience when they lose a patient, the difficulties of dividing resources in an effort to save as many lives as possible, and the struggles of shutting off your emotions to ensure you’re providing the best care possible. Bill also discusses his medical discharge from the military and his experience of permanently returning home to his wife and son.

Career Army veteran, Bill Austin, was born and raised in Delaware before enlisting in the military in 1981. His career initially began as a radio operator but his MOS eventually changed to infantry, then to becoming a light infantry scout. In 1994, Bill switched to serve as a Flight Medic in the Air National Guard. Bill served over 30 years in the military with a final rank of Master Sergeant before retiring with a medical discharge due to his diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD.

“If you get so turned off about what’s going on – turning off your emotions – then you start losing that compassion and can really make a lot of mistakes.” – Bill Austin


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