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Leslie Smith

After 11 years in the military and two tours of duty in Bosnia, it wasn't an explosion that threatened Leslie Smith's life — it was the blood clots. Doctors gave her just hours to live. Although she lost her left leg and eyesight, Leslie refused to give up. Her never-quit attitude, however, didn't diminish the guilt and shame she felt for surviving and being sent home without a combat injury. The trauma was overwhelming, and she isolated herself from the world.