The motion-activated doors opened with a soft hiss as the soldier walked into the emergency department at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
He was covered in dust, a bandage affixed to his neck, his pants shredded.
A doctor stared, giving him a once-over before asking what happened.
“I got blown up,” the soldier said, staring right back.
“Blown up.” For centuries, soldiers have known the ravages of that phrase.