Healing a Deep Wound from Iraq

 Spc. Robert Bartlett

hide captionSpc. Robert Bartlett in his room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. June 2005.

Eric Westervelt, NPR
 Spc. Bartlett and his father Chuck Bartlett

hide captionSpc. Bartlett and his father, Chuck Bartlett, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who was seriously injured during the Tet Offensive in May 1968.

Eric Westervelt, NPR

More than 13,070 U.S. troops have been injured in Iraq, with just over half of those injured unable to return to duty. One recovering soldier is 32-year-old Robert Bartlett, an Army scout with the 3rd Infantry Division.

A roadside bomb in early May killed his friend and ripped off Bartlett's jaw, took out one eye and badly injured the soldier's face, nose and mouth. Bartlett's father, a Vietnam war veteran injured in the Tet offensive, is helping his son recover physically and mentally. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.



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