After spending so much time in rehabilitation hospitals, Bob met many
other people—especially veterans—who had also experienced serious brain
injuries. The journey to recovery is the subject of To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports, Bob's first original report since the accident.
Bob says he wanted to get back to reporting to give a voice to the injured soldiers who are coming home from war. "We, even as journalists, have not necessarily told enough stories about what's happened to those who have survived this war," he says.
With new high-tech armor and medical treatments, more soldiers are surviving injuries than ever before, Bob says. However, the danger of brain injuries has soared in Iraq due to the use of roadside bombs, he says. Some of these brain injuries are caused by soldiers' heads getting shaken violently back and forth, and many soldiers might not even know they're injured. "Some studies ... show up to 10 percent of those that have returned from the war actually have TBI, traumatic brain injury," Bob says.
"This war is rewriting the book on what they know about the brain. There are so many of these kinds of injuries," Lee says.
In addition to his
reporting, Bob and Lee have set up the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for traumatic
brain injuries to help soldiers.