On his second tour to Iraq, 23-year-old Jeff Reffner from Altoona, Pa., was wounded by an IED impacting on his Humvee outside Baghdad. He was brought into the 10th Combat Support Hospital Emergency Room with a shattered leg and burns on his hands and face, but periodically flashed toothy grins at the concerned staff hovering above him and complimented them on the Jack Johnson tunes playing in the room.
His biggest concern was his friend Jeff Forshee, whose right ear had been ripped in half by the explosion. Reffner was sent home to Pennsylvania to recover. Forshee's ear was stitched together, and he was back on patrol in Baghdad a week later.
(Peter van Agtmael )