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Before Reaching War Zones, Troops Risk Concussions

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Jay Blake (left), who served in the Marines, rides the elevator with his fellow students at Sierra Community College in Rocklin, Calif. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Program Teaches Vets How To Survive The Classroom

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In 2010 US Army veteran Jeff Barillaro returned from Iraq with severe PTSD. Since then Barillaro, whose stage name is "Solider Hard," has been rapping about his struggles and performing for troops, veterans, and military families across the US. Erik M. Lunsford/NPR hide caption

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For One Soldier, Rap Is A Powerful Postwar Weapon

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Sgt. Victor Medina suffered brain damage in 2009 when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq. Blake Gordon/Aurora Photos hide caption

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Playwright Battles For Injured Vets On Stage

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Heirloom beets served at Bibiana Restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C. Joseph Silverman/The Washington Times /Landov hide caption

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A Year That Was Good To Beets

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Dr. Alex Dromerick co-directs the Brain Research Center at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here he observes Stephen Jones, a policeman who was involved in a motorcycle accident. Becky Lettenberger/NPR hide caption

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Military's Brain-Testing Program A Debacle

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The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., has implemented a security program aimed at aiding the government identify suspected terrorists. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Mall Counterterrorism Files ID Mostly Minorities

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The Mall of America, one of the nation's largest shopping and entertainment venues, is also home to its own counterterrorism unit. Dawn Villela/AP hide caption

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Under Suspicion At The Mall Of America

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Military Community Mourns Death Of Navy SEALs

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Report: Pentagon Center For Brain Injuries, PTSD Is Dysfunctional

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