Vance & Vincent Moss are twins. And surgeons. And heroes.
Back in 2006, when they were treating injured veterans at Ft. Bliss and Ft. Jackson as part of their duties in the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Corps, the vets told them stories of how the people who really needed help were the innocent Afghani civilians who’d been injured too, but had no sufficient medical services or facilities. The women & children were in especially dire need.
The brothers went to Army leadership to make a special request to provide their services in treating those civilians, but while the Army supported them, it couldn’t send them in an official capacity. So the brothers hired their own intelligence and security, bought their own medical supplies, chartered their own plane and went.
In between their duties in the Reserves and their joint practice at home as a urology specialist & kidney transplant surgeon (Vince) and a cardiothoracic surgeon (Vance), they’ve treated well over 6,000 Afghanis and performed surgery on 2,000 of them. Their service has been emotional and dangerous, putting them and their patients in dangerous situations - they’ve been robbed, they’ve negotiated with drug lords, and operated in caves, but they’re currently planning another trip to provide free care to anyone who needs them and anyone they can reach. Their rapport with the locals in the regions they serve has allowed them access to places that Army forces couldn’t go themselves.
In recognition of their service that’s included several active duty tours in Operation Enduring Freedom, the brothers have been promoted to Major and received the Army Commendation Medal for distinguishing themselves through heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service.