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Iraq. No doubt many people will write to say you should not have published those pictures of wounded soldiers, but I think they were a very restrained view of what our troops are going through. People should know the miracles that those doctors, nurses, and medics are performing daily. I was especially fascinated to see the new discoveries about trau matic brain injury. It makes me wonder how many cases of shell shock, battle fatigue, and post-traumatic stress disorder are really undiagnosed closed brain injuries. Perhaps the PTSD-diagnosed Vietnam vet erans should be screened for traumatic brain injury as well as the returning Iraq veterans. SUSAN BUCKNER Seal Beach, California My father-in-law, a WWII vet, read the article, shaking his head. Upon finishing he said, "Every congressman needs to read that article." I second that opinion and add: every schoolchild, father, mother, sister, and brother. STEPHEN BURT Portland, Maine Your December article about military medicine awoke deeply hidden memories. I now remember, as a little girl in the 1960s, my grandfather sitting in his chair with a thousand mile stare, rubbing a faceless medal of the Virgin Mary. Years later I learned that in 1917, he had taken part in the capture of Vimy Ridge. He never said a word about it. CHRISTINE GAUTHIER-DAUPHIN Sherbrooke, Quebec I began flicking backward through the photographs of wounded soldiers in Iraq and was humbled by the sacrifice portrayed. Finally, I turned the page to see the photograph of a whisk fern poking through one of Hawaii's recently cooled lava flows. It left me looking forward to the day that life can spring so freely from the trauma of Iraq. NICHOLAS SALMON Walton, England Write, Email, Fax Write National Geographic Magazine PO Box 98199 Washington, DC 20090-8199 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 202-828-5460 Include name, address, and daytime telephone. Letters may be edited for clarity and length.