Back in the present day, a new person has joined Forrest on the bus-stop bench. He's there to hear that Forrest goes to a hospital for treatment and finds himself alongside Lt. Dan, who has lost both of his legs.
In the hospital, Forrest gets a huge stack of letters from Jenny that never made it to him on the front lines. Aw.
While he's recovering in an Army hospital, Forrest learns how to play ping pong. For some reason, ping pong comes naturally to him, and he turns into a sort of prodigy.
One night, Lt. Dan pulls Forrest out of his bed and curses him for pulling him away from his destiny, which was to die in the war with honor.