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From Army to Navy, psychiatrist returns to service

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Dr. Michael McBride (left) recites the commissioning oath with Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, Chief of Naval Reserves, on Dec. 30, 2011, at the Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Dr. Michael McBride (left) recites the commissioning oath with Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, Chief of Naval Reserves, on Dec. 30, 2011, at the Zablocki VA Medical Center.

 

After eight years in the U.S. Army and four deployments during which he cared for the mental health of fighting forces overseas, Michael F. McBride, MD ’92, Fel ’97, has renewed his commitment to the men and women of the military. On Dec. 30, Dr. McBride was officially commissioned into the U.S. Navy Reserves as a commander, and he hopes for the opportunity to soon be caring for Marines stationed in Afghanistan.

Dr. McBride has been a psychiatrist at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee since 2007 and is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He served injured soldiers evacuated to Landstuhl, Germany, in 2003 and 2005. He arrived in Iraq in December 2007 to care for soldiers at Camp Liberty. Most recently, he returned to the hostile environment of Iraq in 2010 to support the battle-weary forces there.

In Milwaukee, he has been devoted to treating the many young veterans returning home from service who bear scars both physical and emotional.

“Many of these people would do anything to continue serving, to go back over there, but they can’t because of their injuries,” Dr. McBride said. “It’s the whole idea of sacrifice. And I thought this is my shame. I’m sitting here; I can go back over and they can’t.”

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