This morning's NYTimes has a lovely story of the U.S. military's medical services in Afghanistan. Although the U.S. provides care for Afghans wounded as a result of the war, they're being called on for a lot more than that.
Sadiq, a five-year-old Afghan, had been bitten above the lip by a pit viper coiled inside a sack of grain that he had opened. His father, certain that his son would die without medical help, rushed the boy to a U.S. outpost, pleading for help. In just a few hours, the boy's breathing was labored, but the marine outpost had no anti-venom, and had to call for a Blackhawk. With a shortage of the helicopters, the first request for aid gained a refusal.
A short time later, there was a request for a Blackhawk for a five-year-old from another outpost. Well, the story goes on from there and you'll want to read it. It'll make you awfully proud of the U.S. military on this Memorial Day weekend.