Donna Pratt didn’t want to be an individual. That’s how she felt though hobbling around on crutches in Fort Stewart, Georgia...
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“No, consciously, I wasn’t trying to kill myself,” says Dave Smith. “Subconsciously, yes, that behavior meant I wanted to see myself dead.”
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John Rego compares leaving the Army to a dog let off his leash. With no master to tell him where to be and no plans for life after service...
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Frank Sonntag knew the sound of a falling mortar well. Insurgents had shelled the base in Balad, Iraq, for months, and the soldiers stationed there had taken to calling it “Mortaritaville.”
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When it got to the point where Jessica Coulter could not buy groceries for herself and two sons, she knew it was time to ask for help.
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Joey Hooker has always been a leader. It was a trait he learned from his father, a Marine who battled on Korea’s “Frozen Chosin,” and...
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Keith Sekora’s friends and family had one question for him when he decided to join the Air Force after 9/11: “Haven’t you done enough?”
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Mary McGriff thought the anxiety and depression would disappear in a couple of weeks. After all, how serious can post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) be...
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Nick Bennett was haunted for years by the rocket that nearly killed him in Iraq. It chased him down the highway in Indianapolis...
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There is a gleam in his eye every time Mark Lalli thinks of both of his grandfathers. “They served in World War II,” Mark says. “It was my dream…
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Specialist Steve Bohn smiles and says, “I grew up surrounded by witches.” He’s talking specifically of Salem, Massachusetts – calling it “the…
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“Something like 96 percent of all head casualties die in combat. I was familiar with that statistic even before I left, thanks to my mother,” Bobby says with a laugh.
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On the day Staff Sergeant Jordan Emrick saved Guy Zierk’s life, he lost his own. Now Guy is on a mission to assist and help improve the lives of wounded…
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Brian Sellers was all set to become a police officer. After years of rehab for his wartime injuries, and after even more years of study to earn a bachelor’s…
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“I woke up one morning,” says Stanley Hofferber, “and I felt like someone had stabbed me in the chest with a butcher knife.” He was white as a ghost…
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Chances are good you’ve never met anyone quite like Luke Murphy. And he’s proud of the things that set him apart. “I always wanted one,” Luke says…
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Sometimes, the movies can make a real difference in our lives. They certainly did for former Army Staff Sergeant Chris Gordon. It was the movie…
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Jeffrey Adams was only four credit hours away from earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU).
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When Andrew Harriman first became involved with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), he says he was intrigued by the concept of “the wounded helping the…
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Patrick Corcoran loves the outdoors. “Growing up in Aurora, Colorado, I had lots of opportunities to enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, skiing, and football…
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One last holiday with his family … that’s all Mike Delancey wanted toward the end of 2003. “My mother and father separated when I was young.
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“I wanted to find a purpose in life,” says Carlos De León about his reason for joining the Army. “And I felt being a soldier was one of the greatest…
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The town of Hermiston, Oregon, says Luke Wilson, is a small farm and ranch community. It’s where he went to high school and joined the Army National…
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At a very young age, Brett Miller knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. “I was in junior high school, and it was St. Patrick’s Day,” recalls Brett.
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If you’ve ever had a swollen foot…or sprained your elbow…or bruised your knee. Imagine if those injuries were to your brain.
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Brent Whitten’s wife soon became known as the waitress whose husband calls from Iraq. Brent and Rachel married a week after graduating…
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Mike Heller’s eyes transfixed on the broken gear shift in his hand. In a fit of rage, he had just snapped it off while slamming his car into park. As his…
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On June 20, 2008, in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Anthony Villarreal’s life changed in an instant when a roadside bomb blew up the truck he was driving...
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Technical Sergeant Tom Marcum pondered how to reply to the interviewer’s question: What is something most people don’t know…
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An explosion echoed in US Army Sergeant Joe Washam’s ears as he ran for his life – his body engulfed in flames. "If this is read, tell my family…"
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Tad Stuart was not always certain about his future. There was a question of whether Tad would be able to fly again after a catastrophic helicopter crash...
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Paul De La Cerda walked into the Army recruiting station and told the recruiter, “I want airborne, infantry.” The recruiter questioned Paul’s…
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Adam Harris experienced some of the worst fighting of the war in Iraq over three consecutive tours as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps.
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Chris Wolff was a flight mechanic in the United States Air Force, when a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) bounced off the wing and shattered all the windows...
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Life has taught Dozer Reed an important truth about the fabled glass of water: “The glass isn’t half empty or half full. You’ve got to appreciate that you just have water in the glass.”
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Dan Smee might look like your average guy next door, but upon a closer look, there's nothing remotely average about him. A combat medic whose resilience…
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Infamous as the menace of the neighborhood as a child, David Guzman hopes to be a famous chef in the future. The Purple Heart he wears…
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Nothing is impossible. Eric DeLion realized this standing at 14,505 feet on the summit of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.
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It was June of 2003 when Roberto Cruz proudly followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Army. He was deployed to Tikrit, Iraq in January…
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The United States Marine Corps was as much the source of Severa Rodriquez’s self-confidence as it was the cause of her vulnerability.
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What Nicky Norwood craves most are moments of peace with his family. These could be playing catch with his son Reed, talking about the latest adventures...
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Chris Horman’s post-military life was similar to that of many other service members returning home from overseas: he isolated himself from friends and family and shut out the outside world.
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A few years ago, United States Army Veteran Jim Mylott took a long, hard look at himself and saw a big hole where his life used to be.
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As Manny Colón saw his dream of a lifelong military career in the United States Army come to an unexpected halt, he slowly became entangled in a nightmare of bitterness and depression.
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When Michael Pence joined the United States Marines right after his high school graduation, he imagined a life serving his country, promoting the cause of freedom, and backing up his brothers in arms.
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Sean Karpf is a below-the-knee amputee – the result of an improvised explosive device (IED) detonating under his foot while he was on patrol in Afghanistan.
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Steven Miner’s brother, Ricky, was a rock star warrior. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division and was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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For WWP Alumnus, Tim McDonough, the message is clear: “You don’t have to be on the front line, kicking in doors and shooting at the enemy to be affected by the trauma of war.
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