Since the US launched its "War on Terror" in October, 2001, 289 American troops have died in Afghanistan. More than a thousand have been wounded there, according to the Department of Defense.
Some of the injured soldiers come to Massachusetts for treatment, often going to the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. Among them is Army Sergeant Chase Gean, who's partly paralyzed after a firefight in Afghanistan this year.
Gean has just finished three months of rehabilitation at the Spinal Cord Injury Center...in time to go home for the holidays. WBUR's Fred Thys has more on his story.
This program aired on November 21, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.