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Wounded Warriors visit Air Cav on journey back to Iraq

At a town hall forum, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Schlitz speaks to an audience of 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division - Center, service members at Camp Taji, Iraq, Feb. 4 as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program which takes wounded veterans back to Iraq, and the places they were injured, to bring a sense of finality to their combat experiences. This was the second visit to the 1st ACB for Schlitz, who was hit by an improvised explosive device in 2007, losing both his hands and suffering burns to 85 percent of his body.



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This work, Wounded Warriors visit Air Cav on journey back to Iraq [Image 1 of 6], by Alun Thomas, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.04.2010

Date Posted:02.06.2010 12:11

Photo ID:248432

VIRIN:100204-A-#####-130

Resolution:2100x1391

Size:562.97 KB

Location:CAMP TAJI, IQGlobe

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