Wounded Warriors

Injured Marine Makes Difficult Decision to Have Leg Amputated

Theresa Mathis greets her son, Marine Corps Pfc. Duncan Mathis, as he finishes the Run for the Fallen 5K/Half-Marathon at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Sept. 14, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brittain Crolley)

Lance Cpl. Duncan Mathis said it was an easy decision to amputate the lower portion of his left leg. "I don't have a doubt in my mind," the Beddingfield High School graduate said. "I want to live my life as a 21-year-old." In recent months, it was getting harder and harder for Duncan to do the things he wanted to do and to live an active lifes... more

All-Terrain Chair Gives Measure of Freedom to Wounded Warrior

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Injuries from a mortar blast that left a young soldier blinded and partially paralyzed, kept him from his favorite outdoor activities -- until now. Retired Sgt. Willie Stewart, a Fayetteville native who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2012, has received an all-terrain track wheelchair to restore his mobility outdoors, and given him a renewed sens... more

Marine with Robotic Leg Braces to Get Bronze Star

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SAN DIEGO — Capt. Derek Herrera wanted to remain on active duty after a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan left him paralyzed two years ago. Now he plans to retire from the Marine Corps, but not before walking across a stage with robotic leg braces to receive a Bronze Star. Herrera will be honored Friday at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, in a... more

Disability System for Veterans Strays Far From Its Official Purpose

Tammy Duckworth

The room fell silent for seven minutes as Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth upbraided a government contractor. "Shame on you," the congresswoman scolded Braulio Castillo at an oversight hearing in Washington, D.C., last year, accusing the business owner of gaming the veterans disability system. Castillo had filed a claim with the U.S. Department o... more

Tomas Young, Veteran Who Protested Iraq War, Dies At 34

Tomas Young, a paralyzed veteran of the Iraq War who became prominent for protesting the war, has died. He was 34. Young enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and within five days of arriving for combat in Iraq, he was shot in the chest and paralyzed from the waist down. Ensuing medical complications left him a... more

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