Married with three children aged 10 to 13, Michael S. Hall lives in Brea, California. The California native joined the military in January 1992, “because I wanted to gain medical experience while serving my country.”
First assigned to Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hall served nine months working in Labor and Delivery, assisting in birthing of children. During the two years from June 1992, he worked at WAMC in male medicine on the wards, assisting with bed side patient care.
“I then got out of the military in June of 2004 and schooled as a civilian until 1996 when I joined the California Army National Guard,” Hall remembers. “I served in the National Guard until May of 1999. I then went back on Active Duty status and was again stationed at Fort Bragg.”
In June of 2004, Hall was assigned to 3rd ID at Ft. Benning, Georgia. “I was sent to combat in Iraq,” he explains. “My tour went from January 2005 – January 2006. I then got out permanently in April 2006 to enjoy my family. My daughter asked me to never go to war again and to stay with her and never leave again. I honored my daughter’s request.”
During Hall’s tour in Iraq, he served as a medic working with 3rd ID. “I was the medic for (Foxtrot Co.2/69), a supply company that was on the road daily from Camp Corregidor to Camp T.Q. in Ramadi Iraq.” During his duties, he experienced two direct hits with IED’s while on route, 14 close range IED’s, and “multiple close range mortar rounds exploding near my vicinity while in Camp out post and Camp Corregidor in Ramadi, Iraq.” In addition, he suffered from blunt trauma to his face from a metal object while in Baqubah, Iraq. “I almost lost my eye, blade missed by two inches,” he explains. “I was thrown off ladder while four feet high, and was knocked out briefly.” Plus, he suffered hearing loss and Tinnitus from multiple close range blasts.
In May 2006, following his retirement, Hall moved to Lynchburg, Virginia with his family to begin the Bachelor of Nursing program at Liberty University. “I graduated with a BSN in December of 2007 and worked as an Operating Room Nurse for one year at Lynchburg General Hospital before moving back to California to attend Nurse Practitioner school at Azusa Pacific University.”
Hall worked at the Long Beach VA as a Nurse Case Manager beginning in April 2010. He took care of veterans and assisted them with their health care needs. “In November of 2011,” Hall reports, “I was given a job working at the Veterans Transition Center at the Long Beach VA, where I currently work. I now in process of working with returning veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. This has been the most rewarding work I have ever had, because I can help veterans now in dynamic ways. I also can relate to the returning veterans and help them as they integrate back into the civilian population. I provide the veterans with Healthcare by assigning them Primary Care Providers. I also assist vets with housing, GI Bill benefits, mental health treatment, TBI treatment, and PTSD treatment if needed.”
For recreation, Hall surfs with his two boys. “I surfed all around southern California at different surf spots with friends and family,” he said. “I am addicted to playing hockey. These two sports take my mind off the stress I have acquired from my combat experiences. I do not suffer from loss of limbs, but I do struggle with nightmares, TBI, and PTSD symptoms. Due to sports and a supportive family, my life is much more enjoyable with my unseen injuries.”
Hall also is active in winter sports. “I learned how to ski at 12 years of age. I skied in Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, Big Bear Mountain, and Mountain High.”
Regarding his participation in the February 2012 Soldiers to the Summit at Snowbird expedition, Hall said he decided to participate after a co-worker alerted him of the opportunity. “I realized I needed to apply, not only for the therapeutic benefits of experiencing nature with other injured veterans, but to understand how these programs are helping to heal veterans. By experiencing ‘Soldiers to the Summit,’ I am going to be able to share with other veterans what these trips are about, and how they can benefit from applying to these outreaches.”
Profile photograph courtesy Michael Hall.