'Talking to the guys who have been through it'
Peer visitor program helps military amputees adjust
By Steve Liewer
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
August 28, 2007
The doctor's message pierced the fog of ache that had set in after a bomb exploded under Lance Cpl. Robert McCardle's truck four months ago in Iraq.
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Marine Lance Cpl. Robert McCardle (left) and Army Spc. Joshua Hooker have benefited from a local project sponsored by the Amputee Coalition of America and the Wounded Warrior Project.An infection was slowly killing muscle around the wound in his lower right leg. The physician said McCardle, 21, could keep his useless leg and face constant pain or amputate it below the knee and start a new life.