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Legion auxiliary hosts guest speaker
(Carroll County Times)

Capt. Myrna Manaril was a guest speaker at the Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200 monthly meeting in September. She has served 24 years in the Naval Reserve in nursing and is an expert in trauma medicine.

She trained at Fort Dix, N.J., before going to Afghanistan and had to learn to shoot a M-16 in full armored gear.

While serving at Kandahar Air Force Base, Afghanistan, her unit received care packages from the American Legion, which prompted her to visit the American Legion Auxiliary and thank them for remembering the military serving the nation.

She gave a presentation on her experiences in Afghanistan, where she served from August 2010 to March 2011 in a combat zone. She extended her gratitude for the many care packages which gave comfort to the military.

Surgeries were performed at the Kandahar hospital under rocket attack. The trauma bay was bomb proof, with 19-inch thick walls for protection. The hospital has a 98 percent survival rate. The wounded were flown into trauma base by helicopter. The hospital is supported by multi-national teams made up of 30 physicians and 250 staffers. There are four operating rooms, 12 intensive care unit beds and four recovery beds.

A pediatric unit was set up to care for local children's injuries and aliments, and dogs were used to help patients with post traumatic disorder.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200 thanked Manaril for her dedicated role in serving to heal military personnel in combat zones.

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