Katie salutes our troops and shares amazing stories from the front lines. The first female soldier amputee shares her journey from the battlefield to the Paralympics. Then, the scars you don’t see soldiers fighting – PTSD. Plus, ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff opens up to Katie on the injury he sustained while covering the war and hear one women’s crusade to help fellow soldiers at home.
For more than a decade, this nation has fought in Afghanistan and Iraq and more than 6,700 men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. That’s what Memorial Day is all about. It is also a time to remember and honor our troops for their service every day and for their willingness to put themselves in harm’s way in order to keep us safe. Among these brave men and women is Melissa Stockwell of Oak Park, Illinois, who is the first female soldier amputee of the Iraq War.
“You just got to live in the moment.” –Melissa Stockwell
— Women Wonder Writers (@WWWriters) May 23, 2013
Seven years ago while covering the war in Iraq, ABC’s Bob Woodruff learned firsthand how dangerous the work of a soldier can be. In 2006, the convoy he was traveling in was attacked. Bob spent 36 days in a coma and sustained serious injuries.
“Out of these wars, the good side of it is medical advancement.” –Bob Woodruff
Bravo to @katieshow for honoring our troops the way they should be honored not just today, but everyday!
— Jessica (@MissJess1014) May 23, 2013
2012 was the deadliest year in history for members of the armed forces. However, it was not because of combat deaths, but because of suicide. That year, 349 active duty men and women took their own lives. Many of those suicides were attributed to PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. What exactly is it and what do people who have it experience? Master Sergeant Paul Horton from Conroe, Texas shares his personal struggle with PTSD.
“I’m a walking zombie.” –Sergeant Paul Horton
— Kristen Murphy (@MindfulAide) May 23, 2013
For one soldier from Arlington, Virginia, the home front became a battlefield as she struggled to make ends meet and take care of her child. But now Captain Jaspen Boothe is paying it forward with her charity Final Salute, helping other military families in need.
“As a soldier you are taught to never accept defeat.” –Captain Jaspen Boothe
@katieshow I will ensure my sisters are not forgotten. Never leave a fallen comrade!
— Final Salute Inc. (@FinalSaluteInc) May 23, 2013
One of the most inspiring organizations out there helping veterans is the Wounded Warrior Project. The company believes in the mission to treat the whole veteran, and get him or her healthy and back to work. John Molino is chief of staff for Wounded Warrior Project and he sits down with Katie to talk about the incredible work the organization is doing.
“There’s a stigma…some employers don’t understand.” –John Molino
— Victoria pace flora (@toribella1122) May 23, 2013
For many military families, deployment means missed birthdays, holidays and an empty chair at the dinner table. To fill that seat for the time her husband was away, Sarah Smiley of Bangor, Maine decided to invite some very special dinner guests for her children to meet. She writes about this unforgettable year in the book Dinner With the Smileys.
“It’s really the Sunday, normal Sunday, that you miss them.” –
@katiecouric I love todays show. My husband is currently deployed and my kids and I can relate to everything! Thank you for this!
— jamie guthrie (@jamie_guthrie) May 23, 2013