Master Sergeant Joshua Caron was seeking world travel and a way to fund his college education, so he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1997 upon graduating high school. After completing basic military training and initial medic training, Caron was subsequently trained as a critical care medic and aeromedical evacuation medic.
In 2007, Caron deployed to Iraq during the height of the troop surge and served in the Intensive Care Unit, caring for the most critically injured patients. In addition to treating U.S. troops, Caron treated injured coalition forces, local civilians, Iraqi police, and enemy prisoners of war.
Upon returning home, Caron realized that seeing the results of intense violence and physical suffering of innocent children while in Iraq had a profound impact on him. He struggled with daily tasks, experienced severe short-term memory loss, had trouble concentrating, drank excessively, and his marriage was on the brink of divorce. He didn’t seek help until 2009 and he was ultimately diagnosed with post-traumatic stress (PTS).
After successfully completing treatment, Caron deployed again in 2011, supporting missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. Committed to wellness, Caron has continued to seek treatment for PTS and resumed his hobby, mountain biking as a form of therapy. He cites recreation as instrumental in his recovery and rides as often as he can today.
After retirement from the Air Force in 2014, Caron graduated with honors from the University of Utah. He currently attends Syracuse University College of Law where he also works in the Veterans Legal Clinic. In addition, he volunteers at a Veterans pro bono legal clinic at the Syracuse Vet Center. Caron recently accepted a Summer Associate position with the law firm Harris Beach, PLLC in Rochester, NY. He and his wife Janet enjoy hiking and camping with their dog Lewis.