June 15, 2013
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Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff
J.P. Norden visited Walter Reed on a trip his surgeon had planned to give the Marathon bombing victim inspiration.
Dr. E.J. Caterson, who had done a surgical stint at the military hospital, managed to arrange what he called a "mental therapy" tour.
Norden and his girlfriend, Kelly Castine, met Colonel Ramona Fioery, Chief of Staff of the Army Nurse Corps.
"Don't get down," Sergeant Christopher Anderson told Norden. "You just got to take it with a sense of humor."
Ross Colquhoun armed Norden and Castine for a combat simulator. When they were done, the Navy veteran told Norden to "keep on rocking."
Norden (left) said he would try to describe what he saw to his brother, who is also an amputee after the bombing. "It's amazing," Norden said.
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