The Lucky Ones

In Iraq, fewer soldiers die of their wounds than in past conflicts, but they must come back to face new challenges. TIME's correspondents look at the wounded who made it back from the Iraq conflict

You have to stand a ways back, but from a certain angle these look like the lucky ones. In any other war, they would be dead, having bled to death on the battlefield or died in a hospital from wounds so grievous that their armor could not protect them and the doctors could not save them. In World War II, 1 in 3 wounded soldiers died; in Vietnam, 1 in 4. In the Iraq war, the rate is 1 in 8. As of last week, just over 1,500 U.S. military personnel had died in Iraq and 11,285 had been wounded. The...

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