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Welcome to war stories I'm Oliver North this as the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in mark Leesburg West Virginia.
The -- 158.
Such hospitals across the country providing medical surgical rehabilitated.
2.3 million of America's veterans are disabled men and women while putting their lives in -- for our country.
Lost limbs -- sustain some other devastating injury.
Injuries which meant certain death just three decades ago and -- survival.
Those who have been removed from the fight of their lives.
Day to day living becomes a never ending battle to do the things that most of us take for grant.
The man you're gonna meet tonight -- inspired from world war two and Afghanistan and Iraq they've overcome extraordinary adversity and undeniable spirit.
For -- what seemed like this man was in fact.
A new beginning.
It's a typical Friday morning -- -- -- at Walter reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.
War stories is there expressed that this and steel gets ready for the first putting the state of the art leg.
And thirty year old marine sergeant -- Cassidy.
From Woodbury Minnesota.
A ten year marine -- -- lost his left leg months ago and I He exploded beneath his humvee.
Good -- with a section style prosthesis it has been locking mechanism that you -- into the and that's what.
Perhaps the nation's assign assigned Headley stand that.
A little -- -- -- And stand makes me.
You will -- things -- good.
Vehicles 900 workers there so the effects of certain.
This level and from there will be smart thing.
If He returns to the -- to make a few last minute adjustments before.
For a -- can take his first steps.
This was actually made and -- We yes and out of cast them playing music at my computer sciences and fabricate this and that sent back to us permitting.
Much as possible other anywhere between.
Poland have been doing this been doing this for 1213 years -- what you started mentioning -- myself.
You -- know lower left leg.
Closet when I was.
Twelve years old reform act.
-- These guys know that when you first look initially know they -- and and I -- not -- that would and it's always better for them I think to find out later.
And anxious Luke waits patiently.
Just half -- step okay fluctuate and Handspring -- forward.
You know all right let's do an.
Have to step that's -- straighten out things and threw me.
-- -- -- -- -- You know likely.
-- -- -- what was it before you.
As -- you know -- -- now we'll encourage yeah I didn't think I gave it absolutely but there's great hope.
That ray of hope has been a long time comes.
Bill Smith is the chairman of the department of medical history at the uniformed services university at Bethesda Maryland.
If a soldier was wounded in -- in the revolutionary war.
-- kind of medical treatment is available from what you frequently got -- rough and ready exploration.
Lot of what we would say that they of course had germ theory death rates were.
Very -- hospitals by the time you get the civil war.
More trauma being.
On the other hand you have better hospitals and mortality.
In those hospitals views considerably -- Then it blogs from the revolutionary war hospitals.
But lower mortality rates meant more disabled veterans -- 600000.
Americans were killed in the civil war two million veterans survived.
Some with horrific injuries of war has gotten.
Of the year.
By the 1860s.
And lost -- -- during his second inaugural address president Abraham Lincoln said the nation needed to care for him who shall have borne the battle.
And for his widow and orphan.
Congress established the national home for disabled volunteer soldiers which provided housing and medical care.
But not confederate veterans disabled in the war.
In World War I the first time.
The more people will -- in the action and disease the -- we'll mark the beginning.
-- some mustard gas machine guns and minds accounted for many of the grizzly injuries inflicted on the 204000.
Returned the -- would guess your -- The long illnesses and implicated limbs give him.
At a major artery.
He would lose the lose them because the blood supply could not -- -- The 1918 US government best soldiers rehabilitation -- Provided vocational training to disabled World War I veterans but that wasn't enough -- one of its disabled veterans but judge from Cincinnati named Robert.
-- He saw the need for.
Some kind of coordinated services provider for the government to take care of wounded and gas back from World War I was.
Totally -- quarter benefits -- available if any at all David Gorman a veteran who lost both legs from looking at least give us.
This is an executive director of the group -- founded in 1920.
The Disabled American Veterans He decided to -- The veterans to get -- lobby.
Congress and the administration to put together what we now know -- -- Department of Veterans Affairs take care veterans' needs the veterans administration was born and the benefit structure.
Expanded pension program for needy wartime veterans from 2001 to 2005 Vietnam veteran Anthony Principi served as a secretary the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Formally known as the veterans administration their annual budget is 64 billion dollars which is trying to provide training and opportunities.
Independent looking for veterans -- catastrophically injured on the battlefield but it they can.
Get on with their lives be productive be successful the disabled veterans rehabilitation act of 1943.
Provided job training for -- -- choose 621000.
Disabled veterans who return to civilian life what are the three most important things that disabled veteran.
Confident timely quality medical care they need -- program.
Overcome that disability and to achieve gain -- meaningful appointment so they can live the American Green.
Parents to them submit to him road.
-- -- was barely eighteen years old when a mortar round yeah that's our children -- the ball.
The rest of the army privates right leg and severely injured his left.
The Brooklyn New York native arrived at Walter Reed hospital and school in 1945.
It was a difficult time great deal of pain.
I put myself from the hands and no one else to turn to.
At Walter Reed there there -- services where they fitted prosthesis.
And gave -- -- -- is spent countless hours learning how to move around with a prosthetic leg and He of one other thing on his side.
He was a born optimist.
Realization that I get from here to there groups like -- -- -- on.
And move was something.
-- base was just look to keep going I remember payment.
I don't read the earlier -- and depression because.
I think I always felt I was moving ahead.
But the one thing you'll never forget is just how close He came to being a double amputee.
Fact that -- -- who saved her left leg.
-- stories as a matter of question I still have shrapnel in my name to this day Julius isn't shy about showing off his legs.
It's above the name I don't have any control of the -- portion.
And swing head and you could say.
We'll have to walk -- propel it forward.
Hit the hill roll over and take another -- As a teenager killed at Walter Reed.
-- his dreams of going -- they.
A friend of mine.
Raise the blind date.
Gloria it's consume.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Only because He was bearing fresh faces.
We said -- and I guess that was set.
That was the beginning and an invitation to him that.
It was like your.
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