Unfortunately, death and injury is a reality in war while serving in our U.S. Military. A recently updated comprehensive report on battlefield injuries and death is available by the Congressional Research Service (Updated in September 24, 2019), which documents detailed stats going back to 1775 link: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL32492.pdf U.S. Army, E4 Specialist Aviation/assigned to a US Army Blackhawk, Crew Leigh Talavera of Bastrop was in Bosnia, during Operation Joint Endeavor.  His duty was to remove an ESSS Tank (fuel tanks located on the outside of the combat helicopter wings). Unfortunately, a full tank containing 250 gallons of fuel weighing over 1,668 pounds was released onto the U.S. Soldier in error. The inertia of the full container ripped through his body, tearing his back muscles from his spine – L6/Sl area. He has a metal vertebrae and Teflon discs in his spine and has never fully recovered from his injuries requiring him to be bound to a wheelchair and rendered 100 percent disabled as rated by the Government. Official Wheelchair for Warriors Presentation to Leigh Talavera, U.S. Army Date: November 12th, Tuesday Time:  7pm – 8:30pm Location: VFW Post 2527 Hall – 1503 FM 20, Bastrop, Texas 78602 The courageous warrior has   Read more…