WASHINGTON (CBS) - To help you make an informed decision in the presidential election, CBS News will be devoting a large part of our coverage between now and Nov. 4 to where the candidates stand on major issues. From the war in Iraq to health insurance to education. Each piece will be an in-depth look at the issues facing the 44th president.
This installment: Ending the war in Iraq. CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan reports on the proposed policies of Barack Obama and John McCain.
Green Beret Tim Brigham is lucky to be alive - and walking - after his spine was shattered during an ambush in northern Iraq, CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan reports.
"A guy from the left side of where I was came around the corner and shot," Brigham said.
It was May 11, 2005, and his Special Forces unit had just been attacked when Master Sgt. Brigham was shot.
"[It] entered my left side and exited my right side," Brigham said. "Fell from the back of the vehicle onto my head and it knocked me kind of senseless at the time."
Brigham's life was hanging in the balance when his wife, Andrea, got the call at home.
"I said ya know, is he going to be OK?" Andrea Brigham said. "And he said, well this is going to be an important night."
Making it through the night was only the beginning. Brigham was told he may never walk again. During a routine surgery, he reacted badly to the anesthesia and his heart stopped on the operating table.
"They cleared out the waiting room and I thought, OK, he's dead; they're just gonna say he's dead," Andrea said.
For eight minutes, as the surgeon massaged Tim's heart back to life, no oxygen went to his brain.
"I didn't even know my family; I didn't even know my wife's name. I didn't know my kids' names; I knew their faces," Brigham said.
In the long months that followed, he reclaimed his memory piece by piece, learned to walk again, and then, incredibly, re-qualified for duty as a Green Beret.
And in 2007, he returned to Iraq.