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Forgotten Warriors

Russell Skoug, right, and his friend Thomas Lane worked for Wolfpack Security and Logistics in Iraq. After Skoug lost part of a leg in a roadside bomb explosion, he had to fight Wolfpack for compensation. The company had failed to buy mandatory insurance. ()
Skoug was a passenger in this five-ton military vehicle when it drove over a double stack tank mine in Iraq in September 2006. The explosion ripped through the floor of the truck and hit his left forearm, hip and left leg. ()
A year after the explosion, Linda Skoug, 47, helps her husband, Russell, 48, get his shoes and socks on. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Skoug takes a moment to himself outside the Houston courthouse where he testified in a case against his former employer, Wolfpack Security and Logistics. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Skoug holds a small angel coin his wife had given him before he went to Iraq. He had it in his pocket the day he was injured; the explosion bent the coin. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Russell and Linda Skoug pick up the mail at their home in Diboll, Texas. His former employer paid some of Russell Skoug’s medical bills after losing a court battle. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)