This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq – a conflict that left 4,488 Americans dead and more than 32,000 wounded.
In a special “This Week” Sunday Spotlight, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz sat down with ABC News’ Bob Woodruff, who was in Iraq during the ground invasion, for a personal look back at a decade of war.
In 2006, Woodruff was traveling in a convoy with Iraqi security forces near Taji, Iraq, about 12 miles north of Baghdad, when the four-man team carrying him and ABC News cameraman Doug Vogt was hit by an improvised explosive device. Woodruff and Vogt both suffered head injuries and shrapnel wounds, undergoing surgery at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, Iraq.
Woodruff’s experience in Iraq and his serious injuries led him and his wife, Lee Woodruff, to form The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps wounded veterans, especially those with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress.
The foundation also sponsors the annual “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit concert to support wounded service members, veterans and their families.
This past November, the event featured a performance by Marines Lance Cpl. Tim Donley, a double-amputee who lost both of his legs and severely injured his arm when he stepped on an IED in 2012. Donley is a participant in the MusicCorps program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He took to the stage to sing “Wide River to Cross” along with Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd, and a band of wounded warriors.
See Donley’s full performance from the Stand up for Heroes 2012 event below, and find out more information at ReMIND.org.