I'm a 26 year old wounded combat veteran of the Iraq war. My injury occurred during a 2007 deployment when a IED struck my Humvee killing two and seriously injuring 3. My injuries consisted of 21% third degree full thickness burns to my entire left arm/hand that lead to my left hand being amputated, my left leg was severely broken leading to partial loss of use of that said limb, burns also occurred on right arm, back of head and right side of face and ear. This is being told because my injuries look like paper cuts compared to some of the other soldiers that lost limbs and even some that had their faces completely burned off while sustaining 60% -85% total body surface area burns and these same military men and women that sacrificed everything may not see their paychecks or receive specialized care starting next month. Men and women that I guarantee have contemplated committing suicide because I assure you sometimes the ultimate sacrifice is living and now these people that most call heroes may not be able to pay their electric bill, well something is very wrong in this scenario and I believe the public isn't grasping the seriousness of the situation when it pertains to the people that gave so much are now being abandoned. I for one would be willing to tell my story and show my injuries that besides medical personal only 4 other people have fully seen. My only downfall is I don't know if I have the proper ability to articulate my thoughts in a manner to properly convey my message but I would try. I attempt to live life the best way I know how too post injury, I smile as much as possible and try to look at life through a positive perspective but it's extremely difficult when it appears that the country we fought for is now turning its back to us. Non of us have a platform and I hope that if not myself you reach out and give some of these wounded veterans a voice. It's a tall order and if you still are reading this I'm grateful for your time. I can send pictures upon request of my injuries and also pictures of some of the hobbies I participate in like riding my horse, running and playing basketball to show the things I'm now not able to do because I cannot get my prosthetic devices fixed. Just to think all of this because a very few superstitious fearful tea-party members. Again thanks for your time.
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