Exploring the challenges that severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their loved ones face after they return home
- Part I: How To Help Seriously Injured Soldiers
- Portraits Of Lives Reconstructed
- The Growing Survivability Of Battle and its Costs
David Wood, Huffington Post
Huffington Post Editor's Note: "Beyond the Battlefield" is a 10-part series exploring the challenges that severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan face after they return home, as well as what those struggles mean for those close to them. Other stories in the series can be found here.
On a recent autumn day, 350 colorfully clad cyclists swarmed down Newswanger Road and swung right onto Highway 324 out of Lancaster, Pa. Most of them were wounded warriors, like Gary Linfoot, a former Army special forces pilot paralyzed from the waist down in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He rode a specially adapted recumbent bike powered by hand cranks.
Dexter Durrante, a former Army 1st Sergeant blinded in an explosion, rode a tandem bike behind Mike Thomas, a retired Army colonel from Fort Bragg. Joseph Daniel Jackson, a former Navy combat corpsman with nightmares and depression from post traumatic stress disorder, rode a conventional road bike. There were civilians, too, who had joined to support the wounded and help raise money for their cycling and fitness programs.
Portraits Of Lives Reconstructed, Huffington Post
To accompany the ten part series by David Wood, Beyond The Battlefield<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/beyond-the-battlefield, The Huffington Post has produced video portraits of several of the soldiers who have been severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who care for them. These videos, by videographer Adam Kaufman, will be added to this page as they are published.
The Growing Survivability Of Battle and its Costs, Chris Spurlock, Huffington Post
- The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, like those before, have lead to the death of many of the young people sent to fight them. These wars, however, are also different from any in the past: Thousands of of severely wounded soldiers are being reached on the edge of death and given new life, thanks to impressive new medical procedures and technologies that range from swift battlefield trauma care to "smart'' artificial limbs to spray-on skin. These miracles and the challenges they create have been probed in the ten-part series on the Huffington Post, Beyond The Battlefield, by David Wood, a veteran military writer.
- To accompany that series, Chris Spurlock, a Huffington Post designer, has created a series of interactive graphics that illustrate the scope and costs of these injuries. All of these graphics are being assembled on this page as they are published.