Written by Dentistry Today Monday, 23 May 2011 14:59
A Canadian dental surgeon recently decided there was more for him to do than be a dentist.
So instead of maintaining his practice and making the money he was on course to make, he opted to head to the Kandahari desert to mentor Afghan troops in counter-insurgency tactics.
“Most people find it hard to relate to,” Capt. Luong Phuc Nguyen told the Vancouver Sun. “I am losing a lot of money and not furthering my career.”
Nguyen, whose parents are from Vietnam, chose to mentor the Afghan troops. But he’s not simply a military dentist or dental surgeon behind the scenes. He’s a qualified infantry officer and will be at a Forward Operating Base with combat troops. That means he’s not behind the scenes, which is something he did during a tour in 2007-2008.