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[Columbia Missourian, April 16, 2019] – For Robert Canine, everything changed 10 years ago.

Serving as an infantryman in his second deployment in Iraq, he was riding back from a patrol on May 17, 2009, when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb. The explosion blasted through the 500-pound steel door of the vehicle.

He was stuck in the vehicle, the door pinned up against the curb, when a couple of his men saved his life. They pulled him out and got him on a helicopter, where he was flown to a combat support hospital.

The accident caused Canine to lose both his legs.

“My Army career was effectively cut short,” he said.

Canine said he struggled with readjusting to civilian life. His story is not uncommon.

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