'Stand Up for Heroes': Marine on Life After War

Cpl. Aaron Mankin was severely burned by an IED explosion in 2005 while serving in Iraq.
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Here -- now. -- -- Here now. The boss came over Jersey tonight to help take care of our own music -- a lot. The play -- stand up for heroes event founded by ABC's own Bob Woodruff after his wounds in Iraq. Introduced him to so many warriors and their families and joining Bob and -- onstage tonight one marine who stands as a warm. And funny reminder of how much we all -- them and what it really takes to get on with life after war. -- -- -- -- Iraq she'll be able. That there could. If you met Erin Mencken on the -- you might notice the injured hands few facial scars. And if he was in marine uniform you might guess he'd seen some pain but you have no idea did you know you 50 yeah. I was aware. You have no idea that an Iraqi IED set him on fire scorched his loans -- -- year and burned half of his hands -- face to the skull. Roll roll and stop and check my progress look at my hands. Still on fire and rule rule. Stop and check. And we've got to the point -- and -- exhausted myself trying to extinguish SX. And just close my hasn't weighted down. You have no idea thanks in part to some of the best plastic surgeons in Southern California doctors and nurses -- Donated their skills to UCLA's operation men. Erin was their first attempt to -- broken -- back together how many surgeries. Nearly 66. An amazing work thinking. But the -- was only one life altering moment in a rock. It was there he also met a fellow marine named Diana and fell in love. Three months after his injury they reunited. And fifteen seconds later he proposed. And as yield they had a son and a daughter. And then. Diana had an affair and a child with another man. And then she left do you have custody and her children. You're raising the room. Why did she really. And takes. Strength of character for me get through what I've been through and and she didn't have. And yet you still have no idea this pain. Those who came to the beat you tonight might remember Roger Waters do little Pink Floyd with a band of warriors was. -- the antics of Ricky Gervais but remember. His fellow Marines pulled out his flames. Put them on a stretcher. Drop the do not being wounded from the waist down -- -- -- to stand up and lock. So I get up and start walking towards the bird. Razor drama and -- and -- and we got to. -- shock and shock that you do not -- -- -- doesn't want me please. And his mission now -- gently remind all of us how our national love is appreciated by every single better. A mission that -- folks so proud. -- -- earned the gratitude. Of our nation. And nurses and and my parents say -- if he if he didn't serve. You know serve those who did -- Forty or. Support I thank you and. -- -- -- -- It was an honor to meet -- -- and if you'd like to serve those who served. You can visit remind dot org to find out how.

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