And ten years ago, abc's bob woodruff entered iraq with american troops. Tonight, some of them through him send a message for everyone who remembers. Reporter: Shock and awe -- there were early... See More
And ten years ago, abc's bob woodruff entered iraq with american troops. Tonight, some of them through him send a message for everyone who remembers. Reporter: Shock and awe -- there were early successes, but years of bloodshed followed. I was there in the beginning, embedded with the marines on the nflt. In the first week I got to know this man. A week later, he was killed by an unexploded artillery shell. By the time the war was over, we would lose 4,488, more than 32,000 visibly injured. Melissa stockwell was the very first female shoulder in the war to become an amputee. Struck by an ied in 2004. Reporter: Do you have regrets? No, not at all. Reporter: Since then, she has become a world champion try athlete. We asked her today if those feelings have changed. I'm as proud as ever. I show my leg off. Living prooft life does go on. Reporter: Three years into the war, jeff was struck by an ied. Unconscious for 32 days. I met him then at the ba these da naval hospital. He can't remember anything from that interview, but today owns a new house. And he is back in college. I knew there could be a high possibility of me being wounded. I didn't believe I would get wounded as tramatically as i did, but, you know, I don't regret one second of it. If they gave me the chance, i would go back. Reporter: How do they want americans to think of them now? I want to people so see beyond what happened overseas. They can see the scars, look at my jaw, shoulder, all that stuff, but I wish people would look beyond that. There's more to any givenhuman. Reporter: Now, about 1.5 million americans have served in the war in iraq. Most of those that I know, diane, have told me no matter what you feel for the war, for or against it, history will make that determination. Now americans have to thank those veterans for what they've done and what they are. We do. We thank them and thank you as well, bob.
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