Wounded Warriors return to Afghanistan, believe 'It was all for something'

By Staff Sgt. Brendan MackieDecember 10, 2012

U.S. Army Spc. Adam Bates and several other service members participating in Operation Proper Exit are greeted at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, after arrival, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Bates is from Fairfield, Ohio.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie)
1 / 1 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. Adam Bates and several other service members participating in Operation Proper Exit are greeted at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, after arrival, Dec. 6, 2012. Operation Proper Exit brings severely wounded service members back to the theater where they sustained their injuries to provide a firsthand progress update on the continuing mission and to help in the healing process. Bates is from Fairfield, Ohio. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie) VIEW ORIGINAL