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Army Surgeon Uses Combat Skills to Help Save Wounded Congressman Scalise

Military Spouse has been following the shooting incident that occurred this week at a Republican baseball practice for an annual charity baseball game against Democrats near Washington DC.

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the hip and is reported to be in critical condition as of early this morning. Four others were also wounded, including the suspected gunman who was shot by authorities and later died from his injuries. You can read more about the situation here.

Ohio congressman Brad Wenstrup came to the aid of Rep. Scalise during the shooting yesterday. Wenstrup, an Army surgeon and Iraq War veteran, cut back Scalise’s clothes in order to isolate the bleeding. Alabama congressman Mo Brooks began putting pressure on the wound while Wenstrup continued to work on Scalise.

You never expect a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone in Iraq, but this morning it didsaid Wenstrup.

When Rep. Wenstrup isn’t representing Cincinnati, Ohio in Congress, he can be found performing his duties as a podiatric surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He serves as a Colonel in the Army Reserve.

He previously served as a combat surgeon when he was deployed to Iraq from 2005-2006 and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Action Ribbon for his duties overseas.

The annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats-a tradition since 1909-will still be played today, June 15, at Nationals Park in Washington DC. Additional security measures will be enforced following yesterday’s shooting incident.

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