In cleaning out the ATA vault over the summer, we cam across this AC360 program that aired on January 29, 2007. Anderson was in San Antonio, Texas for the dedication of the new privately funded Center for the Intrepid located next to the Brooke Army Medical Center. We knew then, that Veteran's Day would be the perfect time to share these videos; as we take time today to remember...
After promoting the program on Larry King Live (We still miss the Anderson and Larry moments.), and the toss from Larry, Anderson opened the program with this statement: “Combat medicine has improved to the point that more than 90 percent of the wounded now survive. They survive, though, to fight the toughest battle of their lives.” Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton were on hand for the opening of the center and Anderson managed to sit down with them as part of the Big 360 Interview. Portions of the interviews were played throughout. We've included some for contextual purposes of what was happening in the Iraq War at the time ~
Next Anderson sat down with two soldiers and their families to tell their stories ~
One of the many rehabilitation services offered at the center is a virtual shooting range. Anderson tried his hand and then showed more of his interview with then Senator Hillary Clinton ~
And more of his interview with Senator John McCain, who said, "This is what we've done to scores of young men, so pay attention."
Next up was a visit to the prosthetics lab for an explanation of how the prosthesis are created and monitor the feedback of those service members learning to use them. Anderson then sat down with three more service members who will be treated at the center, to hear/tell their stories ~
Bill White, Head of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund joined Anderson to talk about the center and the Fischer Houses also recently opened at the site ~
The Virtual Reality Simulator was pretty interesting, as were Reader's Comments from the AC360 Blog that Anderson shared on air that night ~
BLOGGER'S NOTE: The program contained some other news of the day and more of Sens. Clinton and McCain's interviews, but we chose to focus more on the center and the service men and women for this post.
If you see a veteran today, please remember to thank them for their service and if you don't see one, please take a moment to pause and remember the freedoms we have because they bravely went to battle on our behalf. If any of our readers happen to be veterans, then a big THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, from the ATA Team!