Switched Battles

Robert Shane Friedman, Chief Therapist at Cookeville (TN) Regional Medical Center, continues his service to others although on a different front. Shane served in the United States Army from July 2001 until 2010. He was with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he was a paratrooper. During his time in the service, he was forward deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (twice). He participated in numerous mission geared toward thwarting terrorists’ advancements into regions of interest and the capture or killing of terrorist leaders.

When Shane and his wife decided that it was time for him to leave the army in 2010, he was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6). He chose to pursue a degree at Middle TN State University, majoring in Radiation Therapy, so that he could maintain a role of support and service to others.

Shane recalled the story a of patient during his time while working at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (TN). He said that she brought the therapists treats; however, they were canned goods from her pantry. He said that this demonstrated the appreciative nature of the patients for the care they received. Shane said that it is the ability to make a difference in patients’ lives that leads him down this road.

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Thank you Shane! For you service to our country and to our profession!