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'Tough as nails' veteran urges focus on fitness, not wounds

AUSTIN, Texas — Everything changed for Sgt. 1st Class Jared Bullock on Nov. 13, 2013. It was one month into his fifth deployment, and the Green Beret and a team of soldiers were riding in an all-terrain vehicle in Kandahar when it ran over an improvised explosive device. Bullock woke up in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he learned he’d lost his right arm above the elbow and his right leg above the knee. The explosion also took the life Bullock’s best friend, Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez, 28, and Staff Sgt. Alex A. Viola, 29, died days later in the hospital. His injuries left him wondering what was next for him, after 10 years in the Army doing a job that he loved. “Honestly, the first moment realizing my career was over was when the medication in the hospital had worn off enough to be like, ‘Oh sh--. I’m missing body parts’,” he said. “I’d worked hard...

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