Veterans endure Outward Bound’s difficult dogsledding, ski courseEly, Minn. It was the ninth improvised explosive device in Iraq that got him, Erick Millette said. He was a combat patrol leader in the Army serving near Balad, Iraq, in October 2006. “I had just re-enlisted,” he said. “We were on patrol. The blast came from a roadside bomb made from four 155-mm explosive rounds.” Those are artillery shells about the size of your thigh. The concussion from the blast wracked the Humvee in which Millette was riding, slamming his head against a radio mount and twisting his body so violently that it tore his knee apart.
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