Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Royal eases his muscled frame into the chair, looking the picture of strength. His body is chiseled by long-distance runs and furious gym workouts, and his story is one of superhuman recovery — at least on the surface.
Royal, 41, was shot twice in the back in the Nov. 5, 2009, mass shooting here, but within 48 hours he had left the hospital and soon after returned to his native Alabama to deliver the Sunday church sermon. Within six months, he was flying to Iraq for his fifth wartime deployment.
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