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  • Air Force family helps Purple Heart recipient, wife (Tissue ALERT)

    04/24/2008 4:59:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 693+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Mike Hammond, USA
    4/24/2008 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Staff Sgt. Matthew Slaydon lay motionless on a dusty road in Iraq, his body riddled with shrapnel after an improvised explosive device exploded about 2 feet from his face. His left arm hung by a couple of tendons and his face was unrecognizable. His friends worked frantically to save him from an early grave. Sergeant Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was critically injured Oct. 24, 2007, while serving to protect convoy routes in Iraq. The explosion left him...
  • Army Vet, Hockey Player Puts Iraq War Injuries ‘On Ice’

    04/16/2008 5:44:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 16, 2008 – Retired Army reservist Joseph L. Bowser was 9 years old when he first experienced the thrill of skating and using his hockey stick to whack a rubber puck across the ice on a frozen pond in his birthplace of Toledo, Ohio. Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph L. Bowser plays competitive ice hockey despite the loss of his lower right leg due to an injury suffered from an exploding enemy rocket April 12, 2004, in Balad, Iraq. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Today, the 48-year-old Iraq veteran still plays ice hockey,...
  • Canada loses another soldier in Afghanistan

    04/04/2008 3:44:02 PM PDT · by Clive · 27 replies · 86+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2008-04-04 | (wire service)
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Another Canadian soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. Pte. Terry John Street, 24, from Hull, Que., was killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Street was with the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Man. The incident took place early Friday evening in the volatile Panjwaii district west of Kandahar city, long a hotbed of Taliban activity. Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche, the commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, says Canada’s presence in Afghanistan brings hope to its people. Laroche says he hopes this comes as some comfort to the family...
  • Military Medical Care on Right Track, Wounded Warriors Say

    03/13/2008 5:24:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 188+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 13, 2008 – The majority of severely wounded warriors say the military health system is on the right track, and is doing all it can and should to provide their care, a new Zogby International survey shows. The poll of 435 servicemembers wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan shows 77 percent are satisfied the military health system is doing all it can to meet their health care needs, and nearly 60 percent said their trust and confidence in the system has increased since they began receiving medical treatment for their wounds. The poll was conducted Feb. 27 and...
  • Marine continues on with one leg (Still serving: Bring Tissues)

    03/10/2008 5:21:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 350+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Katie Mathison, USMC
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (March 10, 2008) -- He faded in and out of consciousness. He knew his legs were injured, but he did not know to what extent. Capt. Ray Baronie, the executive officer for the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Wounded Warrior Regiment, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, has few clear memories of his hospital stays overseas. One of the things he remembers is watching the doctors cut off his boots, as they talked about amputation. Baronie, at the time, a liason officer between the Iraqi Security Forces and the Marines of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was on...
  • A Belated Posthumous Medal of Honor for a Sioux Warrior (Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Keeble)

    03/04/2008 4:10:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,073+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 02, 2008 | John B. Dwyer
    In the aftermath, he had been wounded at least five different times by fragmentation and concussion grenades in the chest, arms, right calf, knee, right and left thighs.  Eighty-three fragments were later removed.  He never complained and refused medical evacuation until his men were settled into their night defensive positions.  Born on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian reservation in 1917, Woodrow Wilson Keeble joined the North Dakota National Guard in 1942 while the Chicago White Sox were trying to recruit the big athlete.  He served with Company I, 164th Infantry Regiment, Americal Division, the first US Army unit on Guadalcanal. They...
  • Injured, separated from the Air Force, but not forgotten (Ex-Pararescueman)

    02/29/2008 4:31:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 95+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Master Sgt. Kimberly A. Yearyean-Siers, USAF
    /29/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- Training medical personnel as a member of the 59th Logistics and Readiness Squadron's Medical Readiness Training team was not the path that George Torres had planned to pursue when he trained as an Air Force Pararescueman. A broken back and compound fracture to his ankle, caused by a combat-related incident, ended his Air Force career. However, thanks to the Helping Airman Recover Together, or Palace HART, program he is now working for the 59th Medical Wing. "I knew shortly after the accident my career in the Air Force was over. After five combat deployments...
  • Warrior Transition Unit develops ‘healing triad’ for soldiers

    02/22/2008 3:48:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 671+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — There’s a special group of Army patients at this Southern Arizona Army post — warriors in transit. They are active duty soldiers, National Guard members and Reservists who have suffered physical or emotional problems while serving in combat, have been injured while on duty or have other serious illnesses as the Army’s medical community takes a holistic approach to either return them to a unit or prepare them to return to civilian life. Much of what is part of a Warrior Transition Unit is fallout from health care problems that came to light last year at the...
  • Mullen Visits Pendleton Wounded Warrior Battalion

    02/20/2008 3:25:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 143+ views
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Feb. 20, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stopped in here yesterday to see how the Marines Corps treats its wounded warriors. U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Marine Cpl. Giovanni Morales, a resident at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen visited the Wounded Warrior Battalion West facilities and spoke to wounded Marines in the program. The battalion...
  • Clinic Provides One-Stop Shop for Wounded Warrior Care (Wounded warrios: Walter Reed)

    02/17/2008 3:20:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 90+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2008 – Outpatient care for the Army’s wounded warriors is an “entirely new system” that is better now at taking care of soldiers than it was a year ago, the service secretary said here Feb. 15. Army Secretary Pete Geren spoke to a packed auditorium during a ceremony honoring the addition of the Wounded Warrior Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. “Today we can say with growing confidence that, in outpatient care, Army medicine is taking care of those who’ve borne the battle,” Geren said. Geren and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody...
  • Rare Egyptian "Warrior" Tomb Found

    02/15/2008 7:21:27 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 1,140+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 2-15-2008 | Steven Stanek
    Rare Egyptian "Warrior" Tomb Found Steven Stanek in Cairo, Egypt for National Geographic NewsFebruary 15, 2008 An unusual, well-preserved burial chamber that may contain the mummy of an ancient warrior has been discovered in a necropolis in Luxor. Scientists opened the tomb—found in Dra Abul Naga, an ancient cemetery on Luxor's west bank—on Wednesday. Inside the burial shaft—a recess crudely carved from bedrock—experts found a closed wooden coffin inscribed with the name "Iker," which translates to "excellent one" in ancient Egyptian. Near the coffin they also found five arrows made of reeds, three of them still feathered. A team of...
  • She Crucified Her Enemies And Burnt London To The Ground. Meet Britain's First Feminist, Boadicea

    02/07/2008 3:19:53 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies · 999+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-6-2008 | Paul Johnson
    She crucified her enemies and burnt London to the ground. Meet Britain's first feminist, Boadicea By PAUL JOHNSON Last updated at 21:32pm on 6th February 2008 Britain's history is rich in fiery queens, and the first such heroine, tall with red hair down to her waist, commanding and brave, was Boadicea, warrior leader of the ancient Britons. She lived at the same time as the emperors Claudius and Nero, and led a surprisingly successful British revolt against Roman rule in AD60-61 (which, for reference, was when St Paul was writing epistles and St Mark composing his Gospel). She was a...
  • America Supports You: Sibling Group Helps Others With Loss

    01/18/2008 3:45:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 58+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2008 – For decades, mothers and wives who lost a loved one in combat had a community of others who faced similar feelings to turn to for support. Today, brothers and sisters of those killed in action have a similar support network. Karen A. Hickman, of Indiana, founded Gold Star Siblings Inc., so that siblings of deceased servicemembers had someone to lean on who understands what they’re going through. “There has never been an organization just for siblings,” she said. “Our goal is to become one voice, to reach out and help the ones trying to...
  • Mirror Therapy Shows Promise in Amputee Treatment

    01/16/2008 3:50:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 837+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2008 – When Army Sgt. Nicholas Paupore puts a mirror between his legs and looks down, he’s whole again. The right leg that was destroyed when an explosively formed penetrator ripped through his Humvee just south of Kirkuk, Iraq, suddenly reappears before his eyes, reflecting the left leg that remains. Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Jack Tsao, associate professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Md., encouraged Army Sgt. Nicholas Paupore, an outpatient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., to try mirror therapy to treat phantom pain in...
  • America Supports You: Vet Receives Hero’s Welcome, New Home

    12/19/2007 3:27:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 271+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Devin L. Fisher
    CASTLE ROCK, Colo., Dec. 19, 2007 – A disabled Iraq war veteran thought he came here Dec. 14 to pick out colors and tiles for a bathroom remodel, but instead was surprised with the keys to a new home. Disabled Iraq war veteran Brandon Burke, left, is surprised with a new home during a live radio broadcast in Castle Rock, Colo., Dec. 14, 2007. American Military Family, Inc. teamed with 30 contractors to provide a fully remodeled, handicap-accessible mobile home to the former U.S. Army combat medic, who was permanently disabled during a 2005 mortar attack in Baghdad. Photo...
  • Wounded Warrior program delivers cookies

    12/17/2007 4:38:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 126+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Capt. Erin Dorrance
    12/17/2007 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFPN) -- Wounded American servicemembers aeromedically evacuated out of Ramstein Air Base every Tuesday leave Germany with home-baked goods made by base spouse group volunteers. The program, called Wounded Warrior, is sponsored by spouse groups in the 86th Operations Group and occurs every Tuesday throughout the year as injured Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen prepare to fly to the states. "I felt so honored to offer this service to those who have served us," said Paige Norris-Miller, a 37th Airlift Squadron spouse who delivered cupcakes and decorated sugar cookies with the Wounded...
  • Wounded Warrior Program Provides Enduring Support to Families

    12/15/2007 2:05:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 132+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2007 – There’s no set limit on how long the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior program will provide one-on-one service to severely wounded soldiers and their families, a U.S. Army official said yesterday. “We assist and advocate for severely wounded soldiers and their families for as long as they need us, wherever they are located,” Army Col. James Rice, the Wounded Warrior program’s director, said in a conference call with online journalists and “bloggers.” The Wounded Warrior program is for soldiers who are considered 30 percent or more disabled, as found by the Army disability system, to ensure...
  • Soldier Loses Leg, Wife Enlists Instead

    12/09/2007 2:40:31 PM PST · by Cagey · 28 replies · 662+ views
    WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 12-9-2007
    Wife Inspired By Soldier Husband's Sacrifice SAN ANTONIO -- More than a year after infantryman Alejandro Albarran lost part of his right leg to a blast in Iraq, he still hasn't decided whether he'll stay in the Army. "Right now, I'm leaning against it," Albarran said, looking ahead with distaste to a possible desk job. But whatever he decides, Spc. Albarran, 20, won't be leaving Army life behind now that his wife enlisted to take his place among the ranks. "After everything he's gone through -- and he loves the Army -- he kind of inspired me," said Janay Albarran....
  • America Supports You: Group Builds Custom Home for Wounded Warrior (Caution: Blurry Screen)

    11/20/2007 3:15:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 237+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Toni Maltagliati
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2007 – A former Army sergeant and his family are settling into a brand new house this month in New Bern, N.C., custom-built to insure his war injuries will not keep him from independent living. Enjoying the first moments in their new home, Eric and Stephanie Edmundson, front, are joined by Donna and Bill Russell of Kit Corp., left, and John Gonsalves, far right, president and Founder of Homes for Our Troops. Photo courtesy Homes for Our Troops  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Well, we need the house because Eric is in a wheelchair all the...
  • Army Makes Progress on Warrior Transition Units

    10/22/2007 4:25:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 55+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2007 – The Army is working quickly to field and fully staff new warrior transition units, which provide critical support to wounded soldiers and their families, the general in charge of the Army Medical Action Plan said. The Army has created 35 warrior transition units, which consist of 58 companies of about 200 soldiers each, Army Brig. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, deputy commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, said at a media roundtable Oct. 19. These units are designed to fill a gap in support personnel for wounded troops that the Army identified...