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Volunteer medic returning overseas

Friday, August 7, 2009

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(From left) Volunteer Medics Worldwide (VMW) Director Gerald Flint and volunteers Kellie Adams and Bill Lewis pack medical supplies before Flint's latest trip to Afghanistan in an effort to bring medical treatment and supplies to children. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
In times of war and turmoil there are always victims, including children.

A lifelong Brazil native is doing his part to help children in war torn Afghanistan.

Volunteer Medics Worldwide (VMW) Director Gerald Flint is voluntarily spending time in Afghanistan with other medical volunteers in an effort to help the children who would otherwise not receive help.

"By going to try to help the children and give them the medical attention they need, there will be less and less suicide bombers," Flint said. "Which will save our troops."

The idea for VMW came 18 years ago when Flint volunteered to go to Kuwait in March 1991 after the Iraqi occupation ended.

"Within 12 hours, I was in Ibn Sina Hospital working in the basement," he said. "Saddam (Hussein) was there seven weeks before that and he turned the hospital into apolice station with a torture chamber. It was horrible"

Flint and other volunteers had no money or supplies. With no other option, he called a radio station in the U.S., and asked them for help.

"At first they didn't believe," he said. "The third time I called them I held the phone outside and they heard the gun fire. Then they believed me."

The experience in Kuwait changed him and he began to look at forming a humanitarian assistance team.

"Nothing beats stronger than the heart of a volunteer," he said.

Now working in conjunction with people all over the world, VMW is taking medical supplies to help those in need and training people overseas on how to use it.

"We have been very blessed with gear," he said. "But we do rely on donations and volunteer support."

Volunteers worked with Flint at his Brazil home Thursday to bag supplies bound for Gandhi Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"They need help," volunteer Kellie Adams said. "They won't have medical supplies if there is no one to pack and send it over."

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Volunteer Medics Worldwide (VMW) Director Gerald Flint (center) takes a break from packing medical supplies with Volunteers (from left) Bill Kaelber, Michael Rost, Kellie Adams and Bill Lewis. Flint is leading a group of volunteer medical personnel to Kabul, Afghanistan. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
"It's a good organization and it should be better funded," volunteer Michael Rost said. "It's a good way to help my fellow man."

Today, Flint will be meeting up with other VMW's from Europe, Australia and Taiwan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. From there Kam Air will transport the volunteers to Afghanistan.

"Since we are providing them with first aid kits for their planes we are able to fly in there for free," Flint said. "It's pretty awesome."

VMW works all over the world, China, Australia, Honduras, Iraq, Korea, Sri Lanka, the 2005 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. They were also active in the recovery efforts of Sept. 11, 2001.

"I know that I can't do everything," he said. "Therefore I should not refuse to do the things that I know I can do."


How to help

Volunteer Medics Worldwide (VMW) is continuously looking for volunteers and donations.

Some items they are in need of include glasses, medications and medical equipment/supplies.

They are not a 501(c)(3) organization, however a donation up to $250 can still be written off on taxes.

For more information, contact Gerald Flint with Volunteer Medics Worldwide at 812-605-2138 and leave a message or e-mail him at volmedics@aol.com.


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It is so nice to see volunteers and donations going overseas when we need help at home.

So many help feed the hungry and clothes the ones without clothes overseas WAKE UP this country needs help also. We adopt children in other countries but there are children here whom need parents. Homeless are in your county. Feel good about yourselves!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 9:53 AM

By going to try to help the children and give them the medical attention they need, there will be less and less suicide bombers," Flint said. "Which will save our troops."

does he really believe that?

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 9:56 AM

victory04 You have a very point about helping out right there in the USA. If you had done any research regarding volunteer medics worldwide then you would see we have done such missions as ,

20 California Fire Missions, Hurricanes, Dennis, Andrew, Katrina, Rita and Gustav (just to name a few) Tornados in Evansville, food drives in Clay County and veteran's assistance programs in St Louis and Indianapolis.

Oh, yes we do know the when we provide aide to these children that I look at here today on the steps of this hospital they much less likely to seek assistance from someone who wants them to DIE!

So, What are your volunteer programs like? Where is the main focus of your efforts to help your fellow man?

Go to the Internet and google "Kabul Kids" and then "Hero before he died" and then email me if you wish at volmedics@aol.com

From Kabul Afghanistan where is is 08:00 on the 14th of August, TEAM AFGHANISTAN 2009

-- Posted by volmedics on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 10:31 PM

The mission Back to Afghanistan was a huge success but not without several homicide bombers and other threats, Many thanks again to those on the homefront who mowed, grass and pick up packages. We be having breakfast soon at our same eating place of 59 and 42. Good bless, G

-- Posted by volmedics on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 5:14 AM


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