In January 2006, Lee and Bob Woodruff seemed to have it all. But when Bob, ABC’s newly appointed news anchor, was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq, life changed in an instant. Bob’s traumatic brain injury nearly killed him. But his miraculous recovery inspired his family to do one thing: Give our injured heroes access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. That wish became our mission.
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While reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces for ABC’s “World News Tonight,” on Jan. 29, 2006, Bob was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. In a miraculous recovery, just 13 months later, Bob returned to ABC News with “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” Since then, he has reported from around the globe on a variety of subjects for the network. He was honored with a Peabody Award for his reporting on traumatic brain injury. In his best selling memoir, In an Instant, co-authored with his wife, he shares stories about the fragility of life, the strength of family, and the bravery of those who helped save him.
When her husband was severely injured by a roadside bomb, Lee discovered how quickly life can change. Today she speaks with grace and humor about her family’s experience and the mission it gave rise to. She is co-author with her husband of In An Instant, the critically acclaimed chronicle of that time, author of Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, and Those We Love Most, her first work of fiction. As a contributor to “CBS This Morning,” she reports on a variety of news and lifestyle topics. As a speaker, she travels nationwide to raise awareness of the needs of military families as they return to their communities. She has written numerous articles for Health, Redbook, Country Living, and Parade. Prior to her work in the media, she was a longtime public relations and marketing consultant.
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