Jason Thompson recovers in the 10th Combat Support Hospital Emergency Room in Baghdad after his vehicle was hit by an IED, or improvised explosive device.
All three soldiers involved in the attack returned to their base in good spirits, although one complained bitterly that he was supposed to be home on leave when their truck got hit. He was forced to take an emergency leave after the unexpected death of his father and was refused his regular leave after he returned from the funeral.
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(Peter van Agtmael )