Laura Rauch ©Stars and StripesAfghanistan, June, 2012: Army Sgt. Wyatt Mayes grimaces as a back brace is moved underneath him while Air Force Pararescueman Master Sgt. Bill Strouse, center, listens to Army Pfc. James Heffner, left. The soldiers were wounded in an improvised explosive device attack in Helmand province.

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