Anthony Smith was pronounced dead and placed in a body bag in 2004 after a rocket-propelled grenade tore through his body and shattered his elbow, pelvis and thigh. After about 10 minutes, a nurse discovered the National Guard soldier was alive.
Smith spent years in recovery, then received assistance this fall from a group that helps returning veterans develop life-long careers. Now, he says, he has a reason to get out of bed each day, despite his pain.
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