Thousands more soldiers are injured in those blasts.
The KOMO Problem Solvers traveled to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C., where local soldiers wounded in battle shared personal stories from the front lines.
They each have unique stories to tell, from what kept them going when they were injured, to what inspires them in their rehabilitation.
We talk to their caregivers, too, about advances in medicine and the push to tackle widespread problems like chronic pain.
And we see how research and development that gives soldiers a better, faster recovery benefits civilians too.
'Just because he's lost a leg, it's not going to stop him'
Drew Mullee was severely injured by a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan, but his heart and soul were strong and set on recovery.
Soldier credits Lil Wayne song for saving his life in Afghanistan
Two months into his first deployment, Private First Class Lander Chappell was clearing a road of IED's. He worked in concert with his battalion, to the rhythm of his favorite song.
Ellensburg woman first civilian in Northwest to get new bionic leg
When Ali McWeeny's PE students walked in for their first day of Badminton at Central Washington University, they didn't know what to expect.
- Rainier Therapeutic Riding
- Heartbeat - Serving Wounded Warriors
- Outdoors For All
- Red Badge Project
- Nicole Brodeur chats with Tom Skerritt, founder of the Red Badge Project
- Hire America's Heroes
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Operation Homefront
- Operation Ward 57