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From Surviving to Thriving - Wounded Warriors are Changing the Face of America

Feb. 28, 2011 | By kobylangley
It can hardly be argued the inspirational face of wounded and disabled Americans, and the glimmering hope of ashes rising can be found  at places like Paralympic Games and by following the stories of amazing Americans in the workplace, like those assisted by the National Organization on Disability.  After September 11th, 2001, another generation of inspiration was born, and a new American story was bred on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines returned home with unique challenges, and peerless spirit.   Some joined the ranks of the elite wounded warrior athletes, most others meet their challenge, and in turn challenge us on a daily basis with little fan fare -- but with no less accolades.  These are their stories -- the stories of wounded warriors, who, after ten years in the sands of Iraq and goat paths of Afghanistan have changed the face of what it means to be an American , and how we all view the "abled."  These Wounded Warriors are forging through their recovery, pushing past the accepted limitations of their wounds and returning to duty to continue their military careers. Army Sgt. Joel Dulashanti shares one wounded warrior’s story of recovery. [youtube _oPGbc_bkzA] Video by Paul Chen and Nelson Akerdolu