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Michael “Shane” Ayres, a quadriplegic veteran, fi nds joy in what he calls an “unexplainable” bond between his fellow combat veterans. Photos by James Pratt
Left: In his time as a squad leader for the Apache Troop of the Sixth Battalion, Fourth Cavalry, Ayres earned a Bronze Medal for running into a mortar attack to save two allied Afghan soldiers. Because of those efforts, one soldier survived. Courtesy photo