America facing a third war with no exit strategy
By Kevin Flike
I was with my Green Beret unit on a combat operation in Afghanistan when I rounded a corner and was hit with what felt like a sledgehammer.
An enemy bullet rifled into my abdomen, fracturing my hip, costing me 20 percent of my colon, and leaving me unable to walk because of severe nerve damage. I recovered only after six surgeries, thousands of hours of physical therapy, and an addiction intervention led by my wife. She believed my best years were still to come.
Despite my injuries, I consider myself one of the lucky ones: I came home alive.
Over 2,400 of my brothers and sisters in arms have died in Afghanistan since the fighting began in 2001.
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