Sgt. Matt Krumwiede of the U.S. Army gets onto a gurney at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas August 1, 2013. On June 12, 2012, Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan when he stepped on ... more 
Sgt. Matt Krumwiede of the U.S. Army gets onto a gurney at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas August 1, 2013. On June 12, 2012, Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED, which tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity. The 22-year-old has since undergone around 40 surgeries and is learning to walk with prosthetic legs. He is keen to re-join the infantry as soon as his injuries allow. U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan since 2001. Thousands of Afghan elders gathered in Kabul on November 21, 2013 at a Loya Jirga, or grand council, to debate a crucial security pact with the United States, a day after Kabul and Washington reached a draft agreement laying out the terms under which U.S. troops may stay beyond 2014. Picture taken August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY HEALTH SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 12 OF 33 FOR PACKAGE 'AFTER AFGHANISTAN - LEARNING TO WALK AGAIN' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'MATT KRUMWIEDE' less 
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