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Major Shares Story of Battling PTSD

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan., April 29, 2010 - Army Maj. Randy Kranc said he has had no stigma from being diagnosed and treated for post-traumatic stress disorder and no ill effects on his career. Story

Officer Battles Back, Works to Walk Again

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 16, 2009 - Five months ago, Army Lt. Col. Tim Karcher was commanding a battalion in Iraq. Today, he is learning how to walk again, and maintaining a positive attitude about his "new normal." Story

Wounded Soldier Refuses to Quit

FORT GORDON, Ga., Oct. 8, 2009 - A sudden accident may have cost Army Staff Sgt. Luis Elias his hand, but it hasn't stripped him of his positive attitude or impacted his service career plans for the future. Story

Wounded Paratrooper Returns to Fight

Sgt. Simon Baum, an infantry team leader with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, who was wounded in an IED attack in 2007, found out his wife was pregnant with triplets two days before returning to Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Stephen Decatur KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Sept. 21, 2009 - Even serious injuries couldn't make Army Sgt. Simon Baum lose his sense of humor -- or stop him from returning to the fight in Afghanistan. Story

Wounded Warrior Promotes His Hero

Army Lt. Col. Gregory Gadson, right, promoted a former battle buddy, Army Sgt. Eric Brown, to his present rank during the 22nd Chemical Battalion's organization day activities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Aug. 6, 2009. Gadson credited Brown with saving his life after a homemade bomb destroyed both of his legs in Iraq in 2007. U.S. Army photo by Roger Teel WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2009 – A warrior wounded by a homemade bomb in Baghdad pinned stripes on the soldier who saved his life. Story

Wounded Warrior, Guardsman Sworn Into Key VA Position

L. Tammy Duckworth, right, assistant secretary of veterans affairs for public and intergovernmental affairs, is sworn into federal office by Judge John J. Farley, left, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, May 20, 2009, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Department of Veterans Affairs photo WASHINGTON, May 20, 2009 - Army National Guardsman Maj. L. Tammy Duckworth, a wounded warrior herself, was sworn in as assistant secretary of veterans affairs for public and intergovernmental affairs. Story

Wounded Paratrooper Reunites with Unit at All American Week

Army Sgt. John Hoxie of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment watches paratroopers go by during the division run that kicked off the 82nd’s All American Week celebration, May 18, 2009, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Hoxie was injured during a 2007 deployment to Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Pryor FORT BRAGG, N.C., May 20, 2009 - Of all the people who gathered to watch the 82nd Airborne Division kick off its annual celebration of its history, perhaps no one faced more obstacles to be there than Army Sgt. John Hoxie. Story

Soldier Becomes First Amputee Accepted to Warrant Officer School

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Holsey is the first amputee accepted into the U.S. Army Warrant Officer School. Holsey, who lost his leg following a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq, is to report to the school at Fort Rucker, Ala., in April 2009. Courtesy photo WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2009 - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnathan Holsey is the first amputee accepted by the Warrant Officer School for his courage and perseverence. He's also scheduled to be a guest on the "Oprah Winfrey Show." Story

Wounded Warrior at Fort Bragg Looks to Future

Army Sgt. Cameron E. Stroeh takes an early morning walk in Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 9, 2009. Injuries he suffered in 2007 during his deployment to Iraq have limited his physical training. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Victor J. Ayala FORT BRAGG, N.C., Feb. 11, 2009 - Army Sgt. Cameron E. Stroeh’s easy smile and relaxed attitude combine to make for an image that sharply contrasts with what most would expect in a wounded warrior. Story

Wounded Warrior Ready to Return to Fight

Army Spc. Jake Altman, wounded during his first deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007, is preparing to re-join his unit in Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Emily Athens SCHWEINFURT, Germany, Dec. 22, 2008 - A soldier, wounded in Iraq, wins the battle to stay in the Army so he can continue to serve his country by deploying to Iraq again. In May 2007, Army Spc. Jake Altman's life changed. He was in the lead vehicle scouting for improvised explosive devices. Story

Medic Earns Three Purple Hearts During One Deployment

Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sims, a medic who was wounded three times during his last deployment to Iraq, is preparing to deploy again. Courtesy photo WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2008 - If Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Sims was a cat, he’d have only six lives left after his yearlong deployment to Iraq with the 1st Armored Division's Company B, 270th Armor Battalion, out of Fort Riley, Kan. Story 

Soldier Wounded in Iraq Defies Death Three Times

Then-Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey, left, and his wife, Mary, meet with Army Sgt. Robert Bartlett, center, and Army Cpl. Todd Bishop. The soldiers were recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington. Both were injured by a roadside bomb near Baghdad on May 3, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen L. Burgess WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2008 - The detonation of a large roadside bomb near Baghdad on May 3, 2005, caused enough damage to Army Sgt. Robert Bartlett's body to cost him his life -- and it did, at least temporarily. Story

Former Soldier Finds Hope Through Veterans Employment Opportunity Act

Christina Harvey, a Sacramento, Calif., native, answers the phone while working at her desk in Heidelberg, Germany. Harvey was a supply specialist when she broke her ankle, two years later she was medically discharged from the Army. Today she works as a Department of the Army civiilian. HEIDELBERG, Germany, Nov. 5, 2008 - After two years, Harvey, who is from Sacramento, Calif., found herself medically discharged from the Army and without a job, but less than two weeks later, she was back on the government payroll. Hired under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act, Harvey is now an administrative support technician for the U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. Story

Sergeant Loses Leg in Iraq, Refuses to Accept Defeat

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2008 - A bomb disguised as a cigarette stand on the side of an Iraqi highway ended up claiming Army Sgt. Robert M. Price III's right leg below the knee Jan. 14, 2007, but it didn't take away his will to succeed. Story 

Amputee Shares Story, Encourages Community

Tammy Duckworth, Illinois director of Veterans Affairs, speaks to community members before her presentation recognizing Disabilities Awareness Month in the Casablanca Room on Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg, Germany, Oct. 16. photo by Kristen Marquez HEIDELBERG, Germany - Four years after a rocket propelled grenade "vaporized" her legs and left her right arm hanging by a thread of skin, Illinois National Guard Maj. Tammy Duckworth walked to the front of the Casablanca Room to share her story here. This, of course, came just a week after she completed a marathon in Chicago. Story

Army Parachute Team Graduates First Wounded Warrior

U.S. Army Parachute Team's Class of 2008. (l-r): Sgt. Jennifer Schaben; Sgt. Rachel Haddon; Spc. Brandi Phillips; Sgt. Dannielle Whoosley; Sgt. Ryan Bonham; Sgt. Aaron Figel; Sgt. Trevor Oppenborn; Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Metzdorf; Staff Sgt. Christopher Acevedo; Sgt. Reese Pendleton; Sgt. Tyler Wheeler; Sgt. Laura Dickmeyer. Photo by Donna Dixon FORT BRAGG, N.C., Oct. 31, 2008 - The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the "Golden Knight's" 2008 Assessment and Selection program graduated 12 Soldiers earning the prestigious honor of wearing the black and gold uniform -- representing the Army's official ambassadors. This year's graduating class included five females, the largest group to graduate in ten years, and the team's first wounded warrior. Story


Wounded Warrior Serves as an Example

Retired Capt. Dan Moran, U.S. Marine Corps, his wife Teal and their two children Trey and Macy take a photo with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates outside his new home built by Perry Homes and Helping a Hero in Cypress, Texas, on Aug. 31, 2009. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen.WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2009 – An American Forces Press Service reporter relates a heartwarming story about a wounded warrior in Texas. Story

Father, Son Share Insights on Service-related Stress

Rich Glasgow, left, joins his son, Robert Glasgow, after Robert completed basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego In September 2001. Courtesy photoWASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2009 - Rich Glasgow and his son, Robert, served in different military services at different times, but they know what it’s like to deal with the same psychological enemy. Both have recommendations for the military. Story

'Scars are Not Forever'

Dr. Timothy Miller, chief of reconstructive surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, operates on Aaron Mankin's face Nov. 18 at UCLA Medical Center. Miller has operated on Mankin 12 times, and Mankin was the first wounded service member to take advantage of Operation Mend, a partnership the U.S. military and UCLA Medical Center, through which UCLA provides world-class plastic reconstructive surgeries to disfigured service members. Marines photo by Staff Sgt. Ethan E. RockeLOS ANGELES, Dec. 31, 2008 - It was an ideal. A mantra. One of those romantic assertions that grabs hold the heart and muses in the soul the question: What if? “Scars are not forever” was conceived for one Marine in the months of rehabilitation that followed an IED blast in Iraq, which left him badly burned and disfigured. Story

Seventh Tour Proves Unlucky for Combat-Tested Marine

Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chris Hedgcorth participates in the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2008. He completed the 26.2 miles on a hand cycle as part of a fundraising effort for other wounded servicemembers. Courtesy photo by Nicole Benitez WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2008 - Marine Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chris Hedgcorth served six combat tours and escaped injury each time. But his seventh tour wasn’t so lucky for him. Story 

Double Amputee Marine Wants to Remain in Service

Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Bradford goes surfing in Hawaii. He hasn't let his injuries caused by a roadside bomb near Haditha, Iraq, stop him from enjoying many of the activities he participated in before the Jan. 18, 2007, blast. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bradford WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2008 - Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Bradford goes surfing in Hawaii. He hasn't let his injuries caused by a roadside bomb near Haditha, Iraq, stop him from enjoying many of the activities he participated in before the Jan. 18, 2007, blast that changed his life. Story

New Annex Home for Recovering Marines

Brig. Gen. James Gilman, commanding general, Great Plains Regional Medical Command and Brooke Army Medical Center, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Lt. Col. Douglas Olbrich, outgoing officer In charge for the Marine Corps Patient Affairs Team, during the ground breaking ceremony for a new annex for wounded Marines. Photo by Esther Garcia FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Nov. 6, 2008 - A ground breaking ceremony held Oct. 28 next to the Marine and Navy Reserve Center officially began the construction of a new 5,000 square-foot annex for wounded Marines. Story 

Marine Corps' Call Center Contacts, Assists Wounded Warriors

Alfredo Soto stands next to his depiction of a growling bulldog, the Marine Corps' mascot, in his work cubicle at the Marine Wounded Warrior Call Center in Dumfries, Va., Sept. 30, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Gerry J. Gilmore WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2008 - Wounded warriors who call into the Marine Wounded Warrior Call Center near Quantico, Va., find truth in the motto, "once a Marine, always a Marine." That's because their calls are answered by people like Alfredo Soto, who fondly remembers the camaraderie he experienced during his service in the Marine Corps. Story

Air Force

Wounded Airman Lives for Son, Hopes to Stay on Active Duty

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro works out at the Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, fitness center. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2008 - Seriously wounded in Afghanistan, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro refused to leave his 3-year-old son fatherless. Story


All Services

Support Group Specializes in Adaptive Clothing

A servicemember holds up a pair of Sew Much Comfort adaptive shorts while he recovers at Germany’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Courtesy photo WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2009 - A troop-support group that provides clothing specially adapted for wounded troops recovering in military hospitals, will roll out a new line of garments this year. Story

Web Site Helps Troops Adjust

A servicemember holds up a pair of Sew Much Comfort adaptive shorts while he recovers at Germany’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Courtesy photoWASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2009 - A Military Health System Web site continues to help returning servicemembers and families adjust after a deployment ends. Story

‘Helping A Hero’ Donates Homes to Wounded Soldiers

US Army Spc. Sergio Trejo and his family stand outside their new home in Houston. The Helping a Hero troop support group presented the home to the family, December 2008. Courtesy photoWASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2009 - A troop-support group is helping wounded service-members like Army Spc. Sergio Trejo own homes they couldn't have dreamed of buying on their own. Story

University Provides Care For Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2008 - Wounded troops, veterans and their families can turn to Arkansas State University for a variety of services through a new program officials hope will catch on on other campuses. Story

November is Warrior Care Month for DoD, Services

John Ferguson, lead prosthetist at the Center for the Intrepid, uses a digital scanner to create a 3-D image of Spc. David Lawsen's leg for a prosthesis. Wounded warriors are a top priority at Fort Sam Houston. Photo by Elaine Wilson WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2008 - Beginning Nov. 5, the Army and its sister services will focus attention to one of the Defense Department's highest priorities – caring for wounded, ill and injured warriors. As directed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, November has been designated as "Warrior Care Month." Story