Home/Front: An Iraq Veteran Finds Love After War : Rough Translation He's a veteran looking for love. She's a civilian who learns more about war than she ever imagined. Part 1 of the story of Matt and Alicia Lammers.
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Home/Front: Battle Rattle

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Home/Front: Battle Rattle

Home/Front: Battle Rattle

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Retired Staff Sgt. Matt Lammers holds the hand of his wife, Alicia. Bree Lamb for NPR hide caption

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Retired Staff Sgt. Matt Lammers holds the hand of his wife, Alicia.

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Alicia Argelia met Army veteran Matt Lammers when he rolled into the store where she worked. Matt had lost both legs and one arm during a deployment to Iraq. Strangers often approached him to awkwardly thank him for his service or ask him what happened; his physical injuries made him a living reminder of the cost of war. But Alicia was different. She offered friendship without pity, and he was charmed by her from the start.

In this episode, the first of a three part story, Matt woos Alicia with stories of his combat survival and regained independence. But when an accident leaves Matt in crisis, Alicia has to make a choice. Does she leave her old life behind and leap across the civilian-military divide to be with Matt?

* Note: This is the first episode in a three-part series. You can find the second episode here. And you can find the third episode here.


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