PHOTOS: A Soldier's Life

Aaron Mankin was serving in Iraq in 2005 when an IED exploded, burning his body.

Stand Up for Heroes: Marine Aaron Mankin on Healing Wounds

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Aaron Mankin
Soldier on Healing Wounds, Finding Hope Again
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Aaron Mankin
Aaron Mankin
Aaron Mankin
Soldier Finds Hope Again
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The intense burns Mankin suffered left him severly disfigured and he had nearly 30 surgeries at the military's premier burn treatment facility, Brooke Army Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Just two months after his injuries, Mankin was presented with the Purple Heart.?? He is shown here with his father Steve Mankin and Col. Brian Smallwood. (Steve Mankin )
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