The story is similar for many Soldiers: Contact with the enemy, a searing explosion and then darkness. Then comes the crushing realization that the darkness isn't temporary, it's permanent.
In a nondescript building just off the beaten path on Fort Belvoir, Va., is a state-of-the-art facility that houses priceless works of art and artifacts that tell the stories of an army and its Soldiers.
Army "Night Stalkers" from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) pledge to take on the most impossible missions, even when they know they won't return.
"Triple Nickle" Soldiers become the Army's first African-American paratroopers, and some of the nation's earliest "smoke jumpers."
A blind active duty Soldier and a wounded U.S. Army veteran join an international team of fellow wounded service members and veterans on a trek to conquer the elements in one of Earth's harshest environments.
Although folklore surrounds the U.S. Army's drummer boys of the 18th and 19th centuries, they and other musicians played a vital role in battlefield and encampment communications.
A former U.S. Army Soldier, wounded in Iraq, conquered her demons. Now she's attempting to conquer the South Pole.
Four months after deploying to Afghanistan, Sgt. Troy Tow was wounded by an improvised explosive device. He spent months recovering and rehabilitating at the Fort Riley Warrior Transition Battalion, and now serves as a squad leader for the very same battalion, helping his fellow Soldiers heal.
Many know the stories of the Marine Corps' Navajo code talkers of World War II, but few know the distinguished history of code talkers in the U.S. Army, which began in World War I.
Former Soldiers' artwork, influenced by their U.S. Army service, to be featured in Pentagon's first all-veteran art exhibit.