David Glass was accepted to medical school this past December, but volunteered for one last tour in Afghanistan before starting in August 2011. Having already deployed three times, this devoted husband, United States Air Force pararescueman reservist and full time student, felt it was his responsibility to return to where the seed of medical altruism was planted.
Ten years of service on active duty exposed David to challenging situations that tested his stamina, decision making abilities and medical skills. While serving an underprivileged community as a paramedic student in Albuquerque, New Mexico, David found himself immersed in a world flooded with medical care access issues and, consequentially, patient education became his personal mission. While overseas, David’s team made it their priority not just to treat ailments, but to change lives by educating their patient population about the importance of diet, sanitation and hydration.
When David completes medical school, he plans to remain in the reserves and contribute as a medical director for Special Operations/Pararescue Forces, ensuring that the young troops on the front lines have the most up-to-date medical training and resources available. On the civilian side, David plans to address public policy, health care access and reform, and patient education within the community.