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  • Overcoming the fire: One defender’s story of survival and healing

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Poking, prodding, patching and splinting – the doctors were doing everything they could to assess and treat Staff Sgt. Bryan Nelson. Just days earlier, Nelson was out with a convoy near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Now, he found himself lying in a hospital

  • Licking their wounds: Trained dogs assist, comfort wounded Airmen

    Constant back pain from an injury suffered years ago in combat still troubles Staff Sgt. Ryan Garrison. It wakes him up at night when his medication wears off. It triggers his depression and anxiety, leading to angry outbursts. Several prescriptions and mental health visits didn’t effectively assist