Bob Woodruff: Why I’ve Gone Back to Iraq

By Sadie Bass

Jul 13, 2009 8:20am

ABC's Bob Woodruff reports:

Today I have traveled back to Iraq for the first time since I was injured with my cameraman, Doug Vogt, three years ago. It has not been an easy decision to make this trip.  I have deliberated with my family, my colleagues at ABC News and the US Military, with whom I am traveling.

I have spent many years covering wars and areas of conflict during my journalism career.  I have always had great respect for the military, the contractors, and the reporters who continue to return to these dangerous places either for service, vocation or commitment.

I was in Iraq for the seventh time when I was injured.  None of us ever could have imagined then that I would ever be able to go back, or even report again.

I will return this time with different parameters.  Covering this war has changed very much since I first embedded during the 2003 invasion.  But I have wanted to "get back on the horse again" since my recovery.  This will be a different horse, probably not as big, not as fast and without running outside the "wire."  This means that I will stay on the US military bases without going out on the streets or battle zones like I have in the past. I owe this not only to myself, but to my family, friends, colleagues and my new "brothers and sisters" also injured in the war whose stories I have been reporting since I've returned.

I have many goals with this trip.  I want to visit the doctors, nurses and medics who are putting their own lives at risk to save others. I would like to understand first-hand the status of the war and learn more about what the US role will be. I want to view first-hand the new equipment and vehicles that reduce the numbers of injured.  

I feel extremely privileged to be back to reporting and to have recovered as well as I did.  It is an honor for me to continue to highlight the stories of this conflict to our audience.

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