Landstuhl, Germany is considered the city of broken men. It is the site of the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre, the US military’s only top-level trauma centre outside the United States. For years, it was a quiet hospital, treating veterans who had decided to stay in Europe, but since the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, it has taken on a new role - that of a safe haven exactly halfway between the battlefield and home. Every seriously injured American soldier makes a stop there, however briefly, before being shipped back home. As of 2011, the facility had treated more than 77,000 personnel, with a success rate of 99.5%, leading to a saying amongst the U.S troops: Once you’ve made it to Landsthul, you’ve made it.
FALLOUT is a series of blog posts that explore the side-effects of war.