Small Wars Journal

Life and Death and Life in Iraq

Life and Death and Life in Iraq - Thom Shanker, New York Times.

This is a soldier's story, a tale of life and of death and of life's return.

It is the story of one soldier, Capt. Joshua A. Mantz, who was shot in Iraq. Technically, he was dead, a flat-liner for a full 15 minutes - long past the time many doctors use as their mark for ordering a halt in life-saving efforts, since brain damage can start within just a few minutes without vital signs.

But it also is the story of how Captain Mantz will journey to Washington this week, where he will speak of the battlefield physicians who brought him back to life, and thank the counselors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who balanced discipline with empathy and pushed him through rehabilitation...

Much more at The New York Times.