Sunday, August 10, 2008

Amputee Marine returns to combat duty

Just wanted to quickly share an inspiring story from our military (saw this on Hugh Hewitt):
On July 23, 2007, [USMC Corporal Garrett] Jones was on foot patrol near the Iraqi city of Fallouja when he was injured by a roadside bomb. After the attack, his left leg was amputated above the knee. He developed infections and fevers. His weight dropped from 175 pounds to 125. At 21, Jones faced months of painful rehabilitation and a likely end to his service in the Marine Corps.

One year later, Jones is walking smoothly on a prosthetic leg. He not only continues to serve on active duty, but he has worked his way back to a war zone, serving with his Marine battle buddies in Afghanistan.

First of all, it's amazing and humbling that we have such dedicated men (and women) in our military, going into harm's way. Pretty cool story. And don't miss that a big reason Corporal Jones is able to do this is the significant advances in medical science resulting in improved treatment and prosthetic limbs. Personally I would argue that this is an important outgrowth of a free market, not universal/government health care system, but that's a long discussion for another post.

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