San Antonio, Texas
Sergeant, Army (Retired)
More than 40 percent of Bobby Henline’s body was burned when his Humvee was hit by an IED. His family relocated to San Antonio, Texas, to be near him at Brooke Army Medical Center. Bobby was so seriously disfigured that he was unrecognizable to his family, and he used humor to ease the discomfort that he sensed from his doctors. Eventually he found himself on stage as a stand-up comedian.
As we meet Bobby, the spirit that bound his family in the early days of his recovery has dissipated. He’s living on his own, performing in odd clubs and making motivational speeches around the country. When he’s in San Antonio, he commutes home for dinner with his kids and wife, Connie.
He makes an effort for his family, but something is holding him back from a full commitment. Bobby helps us understand the difference between the physical scars of war and the emotional ones. His PTSD has exacted a severe toll, one with which his family is losing patience.
Coming Back with Wes Moore Bobby's Reflection Bobby Henline reflects on his new identity after receiving disfiguring burns in Iraq. Portrait © Stacy Pearsall, Veteran's Portrait Project