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Army Captain Greg Galeazzi

Last November, we featured the love story of Army Captain Greg Galeazzi and Summer Buckley here on Battleland. Galeazzi, 27, was wounded in an IED blast nearly two years ago in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, losing both of his legs and suffering severe damage to his right arm.

It’s time to share some more good news: last month, Galeazzi and Buckley moved to Maryland to continue his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just outside Washington, D.C. He can now walk a mile (see for yourself)!

Galeazzi also is championing the cause of servicemen and women whose injuries are not as easily seen as his own. He recently participated in the MakeItVisible campaign, a project of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, to build treatment centers for the thousands of soldiers suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress. The group hopes to build nine treatment centers at military bases across the country.

Sunday night, CBS’s 60 Minutes ran a segment on the “Invisible Wounds of War,” and ran a MakeItVisible spot featuring Galeazzi.

“When people meet me, or hear about my struggles, it is easy for them to see what I gave and what I sacrificed,” Galeazzi says. “Unfortunately, for hundreds of thousands of veterans, their scars aren’t as easy to see. With traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, scores of men and women live each day in suffering.”

Bill White of MakeItVisible says the group wants to raise $100 million to build treatment centers at Fort Belvoir, Va., Fort Bragg, N.C., Camp Pendleton, Calif., Fort Campbell, Ky., Fort Carson, Colo., Camp Lejeune, N.C., Fort Lewis, Wash., Fort Riley, Kan. “We’ve raised almost $30 million to date,” he says, “and if we secure all the funds needed, we can build all of these treatment centers in less than 11 months.”

You can help Captain Galeazzi help his fellow troops here.