On July 5, 2007, Army Specialist Joey Paulk's vehicle was hit by three mines in Afghanistan. The vehicle flipped and the fuel tank ignited. Paulk's team leader lost his life, and Paulk sustained burns to 40 percent of his body and face. The smoke he inhaled paralyzed his vocal chords and he lost all 10 of his fingers. Since then, he has had to relearn how to walk, talk, swallow and maneuver through life without fingers.