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Donna Pratt

Donna Pratt

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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Dave Smith

Dave Smith

“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

John Rego

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Steve Bohn

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

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

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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Brian Sellers

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

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

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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Chris Gordon

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

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

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

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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Pat Corcoran

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

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 Leon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Joe Washam

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

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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Claude Boushey

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

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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Bill Thomas

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

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 Freeman

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

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

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

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

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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