National Geographic : 2006 Dec
The wheeze of a respirator greets Kandi and Jim Bouwma, who traveled from Racine, Wisconsin, to Landstuhl to see their son. Private Andrew Bouwma, 20, had been in Iraq only 13 days when a sniper's bullet tore into his hip. "We did a lot of praying on the way over and not much sleeping," Kandi says. "I prepped myself pretty hard not to cry in the ICU. All I was thinking is, Thank God we have you back."