The Heart Still Beats

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When future U.S. Army Cpl. Ben Kopp was just 8 years old, his heart was set on following in his great-grandfather’s footsteps.

This Journey

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On April 4, U.S. Marine Cpl. Brandon Garabrant updated his Facebook page as the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion left North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune for Afghanistan.

Living and Enjoying

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When I asked Cpl. Kyle Carpenter how possibly receiving the Medal of Honor might change his life, the young Marine responded the same way he did during a hellish battle in Afghanistan.

The Longest Year

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In November 2012, Joelle Ellis watched her son deploy to Afghanistan before he was old enough to buy a beer.

Somebody to Love

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U.S. Army Sgt. Devin Snyder could always make her friends laugh, even during long patrols in northeastern Afghanistan.

Defining Valor

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I could see fire in the eyes of retired U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen shortly after someone at a recent Washington forum told the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan that al-Qaida has “demonstrated a great deal of valor” since 9/11.

Goodnight Sangin

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At age 19, U.S. Marine Cpl. Jake Hill’s left leg was amputated just above the knee after he stepped on an enemy improvised explosive device in the notorious southern Afghanistan district of Sangin.

Remember the Fourteenth

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On the night of May 14, 2013, Samantha Daehling awoke to startling words from a friend who was staying at her house in Westford, Massachuset

Brothers Forever: Maggie’s Prayer

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The following scene is an excerpt from “Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended their Ultimate Sacrifice,” which I co-authored with retired U.S. Marine Col. Tom Manion, who lost his only son in Iraq.

The Meaning of Memorial Day

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On May 27, 2010, then-U.S. Army Maj. Jaimie Leonard wrote a stirring piece about the meaning of Memorial Day for her hometown newspaper.

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