Four severe burn survivors of the Pentagon attack, interviewed by The Washington Post for this story, have each charted a distinct course, holding up against seizing pain, physical limitations and debilitating trauma. They have anguished. They have celebrated. They have marked 20 years.
On Sept. 12, 2001, the United States staggered to its feet amid the devastation of the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks. Yet, for some Americans and millions of others around the globe, the harshest impacts were just beginning.