The hospital is different from all others. The staff is more dedicated because they view the patients as family. The patients are young, otherwise healthy, with strength of will.
A few days into his third deployment, as a member of Seal Team One, Lt. Dan Cnossen stepped on a pressure plate IED. The device was underground and was designed to be activated when someone stepped on it. The Taliban generally surrounds the mine with rusty metal and human excrement to increase the risk of infection.
Thankfully, there were no AP reporters (e.g. Julie Jacobson) ready to film the next moments. Dan was flown to Germany for initial treatment. He arrived at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., on Sept. 11, with both legs amputated at the knee, significant abdominal injuries, fractures and in a coma.