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Helping others helps wounded veteran overcome challenges

Written By:

Keith Rogers

The Wounded Warrior Project emblem depicts the silhouette of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade over his shoulder.

The classic "fireman's carry" is one that retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Norberto "Norbie" Lara knows well. He was carried from a battlefield near Baqubah, Iraq, after a rocket-propelled grenade, or RPG, exploded, blowing off his right arm while he rode in a patrol vehicle on June 19, 2004.

He now endures the mental burdens of other wounded warriors by advising them from his home in Visalia, Calif., about the 16 programs the project offers to help them transition to civilian life. He also gives motivational speeches across the country, such as the one he delivered Wednesday to the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

"I did a lot of crying," Lara said of his lost arm. "I was 31 years old at the time."


Las Vegas Review-Journal