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Frank Sonntag

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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Jessica Coulter

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

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

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

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

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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Mark Lalli

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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Johnny Raguay

Johnny Raguay grew up on the north side of Chicago about two miles from Wrigley Field. “I will always be a Cubs fan,” says Johnny. “I always told…

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Steve Bohn

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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Bobby Woods

“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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Guy Zierk

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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Ryan Grams

Luck has a way of favoring those who don’t depend on it. “In the military, I was one of those guys who didn’t want to hear excuses,” Ryan Grams says.

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Brian Sellers

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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Stanley Hofferber

“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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Luke Murphy

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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Jerry Majetich

Jerry Majetich feels the price of his service to his country every day...

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Chris Gordon

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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Brian and Amee Schwitters

Amee Schwitters looks lovingly at her husband Brian, takes him by the hand, and says, “Before Iraq, Brian was an almost annoyingly happy person.”

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Jeffrey Adams

He was this close. Jeffrey Adams was just four credit hours away from earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU).

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Andrew Harriman

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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Andy Hellman

“I loved everything about Oregon,” says Andy Hellman. “Albany was a great place to grow up.” His dad served in the Air Force, and young Andy grew up…

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Pat Corcoran

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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Mike Delancey

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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Carlos De León

“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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Luke Wilson

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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Tim Seckel

He was 32 years old. He had been the starting quarterback on a high-school football team in Texas (yes, that is a huge deal). He’d been to culinary…

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Brett Miller

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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Chad Brumpton

“All of the sudden someone sets off an IED,” says Chad. “It punched a hole through the tank, right under my left foot.” The blast thrust Chad's head…

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Deron Santiny

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

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

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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Anthony Villarreal

“For he today that sheds his blood with me shall forever be my brother.” - “Henry V” Act IV, Scene III Corporal Anthony Villarreal cites that quote…

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Tom Marcum

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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Justin Constantine

“Even though I try not to,” admits Justin Constantine,“I still feel embarrassed and guilty about my injury.” A heartfelt confession like…

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Joe Washam

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

“As soon as we hit,” recalls Chief Warrant Officer Tad Stuart, “it was catastrophic.” His routine maintenance test flight of the OH-58D Kiowa…

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Barry Albert

“I’ve got to be insane,” Barry Albert thought to himself as he hung up the phone on an Army recruiter who was in mid-sentence. The recruiter had just…

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Claude Boushey

"I remember the ground coming really quick, and there was nothing I could do," Claude Boushey said, reflecting on the helicopter crash in Iraq that…

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Paul De La Cerda

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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Joe Caley

In addition to TBI, Joe suffered injuries to both feet. That, on top of the vestibular paresis, made it virtually impossible for Joe to walk.

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William (Bill) Thomas

I'm inspired by other veterans who encourage me and teach me things about PTSD - like keeping my emotions, anxiety, and anger in check…

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Oscar Olguin

October 28, 2004 – Ramadi, Iraq – it was supposed to be Specialist Oscar Olguin’s day to relax, de-stress, and recharge. But fate wouldn’t have…

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Harold "Butch" Freeman

Born into a military family based in upstate New York, Harold "Butch" Freeman has considered the Army his second his second home ever since…

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Dan Smee

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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David Guzman

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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Roberto Cruz

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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Severa Rodriquez

"It was real hard," says Severa. "I was still kind of bitter, still kind of angry, still motivated. I loved the Marine Corps and didn't want to get out.

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