wounded

Talk about adapting:

Unfortunaly no none ever sources their pics, so I have no idea where this is from.  I assume it is some sort of wounded warrior program.

The gun appears to be a HK G3A3.

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Heartbreaking to see young men wounded so severely while serving our country.

Angel Barcenas and William Gibson of the Marines wish each other good luck prior to their 1,500 Meter run during the 2010 Warrior Games for wounded soldiers on Friday 05/14/10 at U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Full set of photos – HERE

More info on this year’s event – HERE

This was the first year that the games were held, but as the article above says, they are already planning on holding it again next year.

I’m glad to see these guys aren’t letting their injuries ruin their competitive spirit, camaraderie,  and zest for life.

Pretty interesting to see in some of the pictures, how far prosthetic limb technology has come.

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Pig bladders contain a substance called extra cellular matrix, which is made up largely of collagen.

Scientists have already used powdered pig bladders help grow replacement human bladders.

But researchers working for the American military realised the substance might also help hundreds of wounded soldiers.

Full Story – HERE

So not only does bacon come from pigs, but they also contain limb regrowing magic? Incredible animals.

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The New York Times has a heartbreaking report on the Army Warrior Transition Units:

For many soldiers, they have become warehouses of despair, where damaged men and women are kept out of sight, fed a diet of powerful prescription pills and treated harshly by noncommissioned officers. Because of their wounds, soldiers in Warrior Transition Units are particularly vulnerable to depression and addiction, but many soldiers from Fort Carson’s unit say their treatment there has made their suffering worse.

Full Story – HERE

Army WTU website – HERE

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Yesterday when I reported on the leak of the video footage, for some reason I attached the edited video rather than the full one.  The edited video is more of a “highlights reel”.

Here is the full 40 minute unedited video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is9sxRfU-ik[/youtube]

I stayed out of the discussion on the previous post, and I’m going to do the same on this one.  I have no experience flying Apache helicopters, and no experience as a soldier, so anything I would write about this incident would be useless, and purely opinion based on my impression watching the video from a comfortable leather chair while sipping in iced tea.

Some documents released yesterday under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) relating to the incident:

Some pictures emailed to me which some of you might find humorous:

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WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people (July 12, 2007) in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0[/youtube]

Near the beginning of the video they talk about “guys with AK-47s” and “RPGs”, when the men in question are clearly carrying professional cameras.

More information at the WikiLeaks site – Collateral Murder

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