San Antonio's Quiet Battles

San Antonio, Texas, is famous for the Alamo.

But not far from there, as CBS News correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi reports, inside Brooke Army Medical Center, quiet battles are still waged every day.

Nearly two thousand service members have died in the war. But it's also altered the lives of thousands more and for many, Brooke Army Hospital is their first stop. It might be less well-known than Walter Reed, but it's just as busy at getting soldiers back on their feet.

Andrew Soules is fighting to get moving again after both of his legs were blown off by a bomb in Afghanistan.

"The hardest part has probably been losing a buddy," Andrew says. "That's been a lot harder than losing my legs." He says he owes it to the buddy he lost to make the most out of life.

At an NFL game this weekend, Andrew was honored alongside the other soldiers from Brooke. But when the National Anthem played, all Andrew could do was sit at attention.

He isn't alone. A soldier alongside him was also quietly struggling.

Shrapnel from a roadside bomb ripped through Leandre Rice's eyes. Doctors say he'll never see again. He also has a skull fracture and burns everywhere.

"Since I'm blind, it's really not as much fun as if I could see," Leandre says when asked what it's like to be at the football game.

The hardest thing getting used to, Leandre says, is "I just had twins two months ago and I've never seen them. That's pretty tough."

He's had more surgeries than he can remember and a change of heart about the war. "In my opinion, it's not worth it," he says.

Fellow veteran Korntey Clemmons lost his leg, but he is now training for the para-Olympics.

After his training, he sees Andrew, the soldier who couldn't stand this weekend, walking with prosthetic legs.

"Here's a real superstar," Kortney says. "It's a great day for the amputees to see another guy up and walking."

Andrew says if he had his legs back he'd march back to the front lines. But he's got his own battle to fight.

"I think I'm very lucky," he says. "The important thing is I get to live."