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Organization Helps Veterans Who Served in the Military’s Bomb Squad

A veteran of the military’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit discusses the stress of the job and helping those who were injured doing it.

A robot searches ordnance found along a road in Iraq.

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EOD — which stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal — is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the military. These men and women are responsible for disarming and disposal of bombs. The EOD Warrior Foundation is a national organization that provides financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran EOD technicians and their families.

Timothy Colomer is a Marine Corps veteran and an ambassador with the Houston chapter of the foundation. He tells Maggie Martin what makes this particular military specialty unique.

  • Unexploded ordinance on the battlefield. (Photo Credit: Timothy Colomer)
    Unexploded ordinance on the battlefield. (Photo Credit: Timothy Colomer)
  • A robot deals with unexploded ordinance on the battlefield. (Photo Credit: Timothy Colomer)
    A robot deals with unexploded ordinance on the battlefield. (Photo Credit: Timothy Colomer)
  • Timothy Colomer (left), poses with fellow members of his Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. (Photo Credit: Timothy Colomer)
    Timothy Colomer (left), poses with fellow members of his Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. (Photo Credit: Timothy Colomer)
  • Timothy Colomer, veteran of the military's Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. (Photo Credit: Timothy Colomer)
    Timothy Colomer, veteran of the military's Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. (Photo Credit: Timothy Colomer)

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