Injured U.S. vets visit Iraqi Special Operations Forces compound

By Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs OfficeJanuary 11, 2010

An Iraqi Special Operations Forces Soldier bandages his amputated leg Jan. 2 at a compound in Baghdad. The Soldier met with five wounded United States combat veterans and shared his experience of fighting for the country of Iraq and losing his leg while doing so.
1 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An Iraqi Special Operations Forces Soldier bandages his amputated leg Jan. 2 at a compound in Baghdad. The Soldier met with five wounded United States combat veterans and shared his experience of fighting for the country of Iraq and losing his leg while doing so. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Mike Schlitz smiles while watching an Iraqi Special Operations Forces demonstration Jan. 2, at a compound in Baghdad. Schlitz was one of five wounded warriors to return to Iraq since being injured in an attempt to find emotional closure through Operation Proper Exit,a program sponsored by the Troops First Foundation with support from the USO.
2 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Mike Schlitz smiles while watching an Iraqi Special Operations Forces demonstration Jan. 2, at a compound in Baghdad. Schlitz was one of five wounded warriors to return to Iraq since being injured in an attempt to find emotional closure through Operation Proper Exit,a program sponsored by the Troops First Foundation with support from the USO. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Iraqi Special Operations Force Soldiers line up to meet five wounded American Soldiers Jan. 2, at a compound in Baghdad. The ISOF Soldiers performed three demonstrations for the warriors to show the progress the Iraqi Army has made since the war began in 2003.
3 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Iraqi Special Operations Force Soldiers line up to meet five wounded American Soldiers Jan. 2, at a compound in Baghdad. The ISOF Soldiers performed three demonstrations for the warriors to show the progress the Iraqi Army has made since the war began in 2003. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Bill Congleton gets some shooting in at an Iraqi Special Forces Operation compound in Baghdad Jan. 2. Congleton has been travelling throughout Iraq qith four other injured combat veterans as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program designed to bring closure to those who were seriously wounded here.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Bill Congleton gets some shooting in at an Iraqi Special Forces Operation compound in Baghdad Jan. 2. Congleton has been travelling throughout Iraq qith four other injured combat veterans as part of Operation Proper Exit, a program designed to bring closure to those who were seriously wounded here. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
Rows of 7.62 mm caliber ammunition are lined of on a table at an Iraqi Special Operations Forces compound Jan. 2. The ISOF, along with United States Special Forces Soldiers, welcomed five wounded warriors to their range Jan. 2, in Baghdad, as part of Operation Proper Exit. The warriors got to fire a multitude of weapons to see the advances the military has made to weapons systems.
5 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Rows of 7.62 mm caliber ammunition are lined of on a table at an Iraqi Special Operations Forces compound Jan. 2. The ISOF, along with United States Special Forces Soldiers, welcomed five wounded warriors to their range Jan. 2, in Baghdad, as part of Operation Proper Exit. The warriors got to fire a multitude of weapons to see the advances the military has made to weapons systems. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Lt. Jim Kirchner jokes with United States Special Forces Soldiers Jan. 2, in Baghdad, after a day of firing weapons. Kirchner, who was injured when his forward operating base was attacked with mortars in 2005, returned to Iraq in hopes of finding closure and seeing the progress has made in the past four years since he was wounded.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Lt. Jim Kirchner jokes with United States Special Forces Soldiers Jan. 2, in Baghdad, after a day of firing weapons. Kirchner, who was injured when his forward operating base was attacked with mortars in 2005, returned to Iraq in hopes of finding closure and seeing the progress has made in the past four years since he was wounded. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Lindsey Bradford, United States Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL