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Nancy Sherman on war and homecoming

The philosopher asks what we owe to returning soldiers

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

In April 2007, US Army captain Josh Mantz was on patrol in Sadr City in Baghdad when a sniper opened fire on him and his troops. A bullet severed the aorta of his staff sergeant, Marlon Harper, before richoteting into Mantz’s right thigh, severing his femoral artery. A medic arrived and began tending to Mantz, whose wound was more visible than Harper’s. It was Mantz who survived, not his comrade.

Four years after his return from Iraq, Mantz suffered…

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