11 Aug '17, 9pm

Afghanistan Veteran wants to empower others with hip-hop 'Combat Medicine'

WASHINGTON — George “Mik” Todd dreamed of being a hip-hip artist before he joined the military. But after a difficult deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, the Navy corpsman spent eight years battling his demons to get back into music. Now, with a new album, he’s using his experiences to empower others. Todd, 32, served with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, during Operation Khanjar, a U.S.-led offensive in Taliban-held Helmand province. He and the Marines he served alongside saw heavy combat. Todd had friends who were wounded, and his roommate, 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Charles Seth Sharp, was the first Marine killed in the offensive. More than a month later, after Todd responded to a roadside bomb that killed two other Marines, he fell ill with pneumonia, and his time in Afghanistan ended. <gallery> He was medevaced to Germany, and then back to the United States. Todd se...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/afghanistan-veteran...

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