Along with the military personel recently sent to Iraq, a Brazil man may soon be working in the private sector in the Middle Eastern country.
Jamey Perkins, a 13-year Operation Life paramedic, was recently offered a job with Halliburton KBR (engineering and construction) division. He took it, and left for Houston, Texas, last Monday to take a series of tests and fill out paperwork.
If everything works according to plan, Perkins will be sent to Kuwait for training and then to Iraq for actual field work.
According to an article in the July 30 Greencastle Banner Graphic, Perkins has been offered a one year open-ended contract as a medical worker. He will recieve 10 days vacation for every four months on the job.
"It was a hard decision for him to make," Tabatha Perkins, his wife, said. "Being his wife, I left it up to him. On one hand, if I pushed him not to go and he didn't, I wouldn't want him to regret not going.
"On the other hand, if he went there and got hurt, I would not want to be responsible."
Though his official dutes have not been established, Perkins told the Banner Graphic that he hopes "to be working in a clinic or tent camp" and that he wasn't sure if he would be "doing work for the military or Halibutron construction employees or both."
Perkins also has family in Iraq, namely a cousin who was sent to Baghdad as a military officer.
He told the Banner Graphic that he will miss his family more than anything and that "they are all very worried about [him]."
He went on to say that as a civilian he will not be put in harm's way or in any dangerous war zones.