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Wounded warriors: Service members learn to live as amputees

A year-long series on the impact of war begins with "A fraternity of wounded warriors," a story that looks American service members who have lost limbs in recent conflicts. These amputees are a fraternity of survivors whose private battles on the road, from blood-fresh wound to leather-tough scar, span the eight years of war. From Ground Zero to Baghdad to Afghanistan's Marja, their stories are reminders of conflicts that have lasted long enough for some amputees to be running marathons now, even as their newest brethren struggle with their prosthetics. Some are immobilized by depression, while others boldly venture into a world where children point at them and adults avert their gaze.

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Retired Staff Sgt. Ryan Kelly

Photo gallery: Wounded warriors  |  Video: An amputee's story

By Kat Downs  |  April 16, 2010; 5:34 PM ET
 | Tags: Warfare and Conflict, afghanistan, amputation, amputees, health, impact of war, iraq, war  
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