Marine Lends a Helping Hand, 1969 "Lending a Hand: An outstretched hand from a Marine buddy helps lift this Leatherneck from a deep stream south of the Demilitarized Zone. The 9th Marine Regiment Leathernecks were participating in Operation Dawson River, west of Khe Sanh in the northernmost province of South Vietnam (official USMC photo by Lance Corporal Don Barr)." From the Jonathan Abel Collection (COLL/3611), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections. OFFICIAL USMC PHOTOGRAPH
U.S. paratrooper Sgt. James R. Cone of Clarksville, Tenn., holds a puppy that nipped him as he groped about in a cave entrance on a river bank in Lam Dong Province, July 24, 1966. Troops of the 173rd Airborne Brigade were searching for Viet Cong guerrillas dug into the caves, but the men had fled, leaving only women and children, and one dog. At left is Pfc. George R. Rosen of Whitehall, Mont. / Credit: AP Photo/Henri Huet
Melissa Stockwell is a retired US Army First Lieutenant. she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She subsequently became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics and competed in swimming. She works as a prosthetist and has been on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project since 2005.