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Irvin Axelrod - United States of America

While serving in the 25th Infantry Division during the first year of the Korean War (February 1951), Mr. Axelrod stepped on a landmine while crossing a rice paddy near Seoul. He spent the next 4 years in various government hospitals trying save his leg with 22 operations, and eventually decided to have it amputated. After his release from the hospital, Mr. Axelrod returned to college, received his degree and pursued a civilian government career for the next 36 years. After retiring from federal service, he worked for six years at the National Rehabilitation Hospital as an amputee patient coordinator. He is currently president of the Washington Amputee Association, Inc. He commends the US government for its support to disabled veterans, noting that the total cost of his hospitalization, rehabilitation and assistive devices since he stepped on a landmine has cost this country over a million dollars. See also:

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