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Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:13 pm | Updated: 2:25 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

NEW YORK - A recovering Kimberly Dozier, the CBS News reporter seriously wounded by a car bomb in Iraq on May 29, wrote gratefully on Thursday about how the U.S. military saved her life and said she was trying to touch base with those involved in her care.

Dozier, still undergoing therapy to repair legs shattered by shrapnel, posted a story about her recovery, "Emerging from a Nightmare," on the CBS News Web site.

"The U.S. military treated me as one of its own, saving my life a few times over, with the best people, the best training and the best equipment," Dozier wrote. "I was blessed time and again on my particular journey, with daily encounters with extraordinary people who helped put my body, and in some instances, my spirit, back together again."

She said she watches video of bombing victims on the news, many with injuries just like hers, and knows they won't survive the night in an Iraqi hospital.

Those treating her repaired her legs, "moved skin around my body like a jigsaw puzzle to cover burns the bomb left behind; and taught me to walk again, all the while propping up my spirits in between."

Dozier said she has been undergoing therapy while staying with her family in New Zealand the past few months.

"I spend 6-8 hours a week in the gym or at home with weights and a yoga mat, mostly doing things like trying to get my knees to bend," she wrote.

The car bomb that hurt her killed her camera crew, Britons Paul Douglas and James Brolan; a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi translator.

She recalled her former colleagues and wished their families comfort.

"The thing I intend to salvage out of this nightmare: the story of those who helped me, through their work or their letters or just their prayers, to pull through," she wrote. "Many of them continue to fight on, for every injured body and soul that crosses their path."

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