and Dale Beatty were best friends.
Beatty, a staff sergeant, was riding shotgun; Gallina, a specialist, was driving.
had been thrown from the vehicle and was out cold.
came to 45 minutes later, his
first question was, Where's Dale?
Beatty's wounds were obvious; Gallina's
, less so.
"People are more aware of me than of John
just got off the airplane and was out of the National Guard
, with not much support.
had suffered a traumatic brain injury, multiple cuts and bruises, a damaged back and severe posttraumatic stress disorder.
"We were trained in the military never to leave a fallen comrade in the field," Gallina
had been crawling in and out of the house for 40 years, relying on the help of a neighbor to go shopping," Gallina
All of which is true, but there is another side of their story that has not been told: the veterans like John Gallina
and Dale Beatty, who have come back and decided to continue to serve their country.