Wounded Warriors

Military
9:01 am
Mon November 17, 2014

San Antonio Amputees Get Their Shot At The 'Sweet Science' Of Boxing

San Antonio boxer Joey Benegas working out with the heavy bag
Credit David Martin Davies

Three nights out of the week you’ll find Moses Sonera at the Randazzo Brothers boxing gym on San Antonio’s Northeast side. He’s working the speed bag, driving combination punches into the heavy bags and getting ready for his next big fight. 

But look down and you’ll notice that Sonera is missing a leg.  He’s boxing with a prosthetic limb. The 41- year-old lost his leg during a mortar attack in Iraq, in 2004. 

"To me it means everything like a second chance at life," Sonera said. 

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Back At Base
5:24 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Vet's Self-Cooling Prosthetic Could Help Amputees Beat The Heat

Gary Walters demonstrates his self-cooling prosthetic.
Leto Solutions via YouTube

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 2:58 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base," and this is the second installment of the ongoing series.

It was 2005, and Gary Walters had served a year in Iraq. Then, one day, a bomb went off near him, and he suffered severe wounds.

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The Source - November 10, 2014
2:03 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

The Source: "Ice Warriors" Highlights San Antonio Athletes

Jen Yung Lee plays for the San Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team, when not for Team USA.
Credit courtesy of "Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey"

The 2014 U.S. Sled Hockey team won gold for the second consecutive paralympics in Sochi, Russia. It hadn't been done before in the relatively unknown sport, but sled hockey may not be under-the-radar for much longer. 

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Shots - Health News
8:13 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow

A cross-section of skeletal muscle in this light micrograph shows the individual, parallel muscle fibers (red). These fibers work in concert to power movement.
Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR ScienceSource

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 8:35 am

Ron Strang was on patrol in Afghanistan when a primitive land mine exploded.

"When it went off, it came across the front of my body," Strang says. Though he survived the blast, his left leg was never the same. Shrapnel destroyed most of the muscle on his left thigh. He used to run, swim and hike. But even after he recovered, those days of carefree movement were gone.

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Health
3:39 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Get Vets Back On Their Feet

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 6:26 pm

Several bio-tech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. These robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping people who are paralyzed, including many veterans, stand up and walk. As Erin Toner of WUWM reports, the technology helps improve patients' mental and physical health, but it's far from changing their lives entirely.

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Military
3:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Sons Of The American Revolution Give Toolboxes To Purple Heart Recipients

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Retired Kenny Walker describes his duties in Afghanistan
Eileen Pace

Saturday, Sons of the American Revolution thanked veterans by giving ten Purple Heart recipients, who are transitioning back to civilian life after their injuries, tool boxes worth $1,000 each.

The effort is ongoing, with a promise to get tool boxes into the hands of every wounded war hero in the nation:

Brandi Hootsell opens the tool box her husband received last year from the group.  

“It came packed,” she said. “There’s a saw in here, saw blades, gloves. They’re nice tools, too.”

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The Source - December 11, 2013
11:54 am
Wed December 11, 2013

The Source: Calls For NSA Reforms Go Corporate | Veterans Heal Through Comedy In New Documentary

National Security Agency

In the first segment:

On Monday, the largest tech companies in the world, including Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, began a campaign to influence lawmakers to curb the government's power to snoop.  On their new website, they lay out five principles they would like to see in the reforms from transparency and oversight to codified limitations to compel service providers to provide user data.

Most people hope to be anonymous on the Internet, according to a recent Pew poll:

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The Impact Of War Project
8:50 am
Fri December 25, 2009

Wounded Vet Takes Pain Of War To Comedy Club

Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline was injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb three years ago, and was burned over nearly half of his body. After years of grueling physical therapy, he now performs at open mic night at the Rivercity Comedy Club in San Antonio.
Katie Hayes for NPR

Originally published on Sat December 26, 2009 9:00 pm

We first brought you the story of Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline last year. He was wounded in Iraq in 2007 and burned over nearly half his body.

After months of recovery, his life is slowly getting back to normal. Henline must endure grueling physical therapy because of injuries. But to help heal the wounds we can't see, he has taken up an interesting hobby, one that helps him employ the healing power of laughter.

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