National Geographic : 2006 Dec
He lost part of his skull, his right eye, and both legs to a roadside bomb. Corporal Tim Jeffers was so severely injured that doctors suggested taking him off the respirator. His father refused. Now Jeffers practices walking at the veterans hospital in Palo Alto, California, waits for reconstructive skull surgery, and yearns to rejoin the world. "I can't wait," he says. "I'm the same person I was before I got hurt."