Living in the shadows of the ongoing war on terror are 1,715 American military people who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan. A few of those brave folks lost all four limbs when bombs blew apart their bodies. In addition, there are now at least 20 new amputee victims because of the brutal terror bombing in Boston.
When reality sinks in and the injured realize how dependent they are without all functioning limbs, often there are severe psychological consequences. Many of the soldiers and Marines who lost limbs were self-reliant achievers, who lived life on their own terms.