Marine Dakota Meyer poses during his deployment in Kunar province, Afghanistan. President Obama is awarding him the Medal of Honor on Thursday, making him the first living Marine to receive the honor since the Vietnam War. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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For A Marine Hero, A Medal Of Honor
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Panel Finds Massive Waste By Wartime Contractors
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At Walter Reed, Oscar Olguin and his family were visited by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush. But Olguin says that when he left the hospital, he had to fend for himself. Courtesy of Oscar Olguin hide caption

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Walter Reed Was The Army's Wake-Up Call In 2007
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NATO's Much-Criticized Libyan Strategy: A Success?
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U.S. Waits For Iraqi Decision On Troop Departure
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BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony J. Principi, and other member of the commission raise their hands in favor of closing Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington during a base closing hearing Aug. 25, 2005 in Arlington, Va. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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When Will Closing Walter Reed Pay Off? Maybe 2018
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What Crashed Our Hypersonic Drone?
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Military Faces Challenge In Rebuilding SEAL Team 6
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The 30 American service members who died on Saturday were aboard a Chinook helicopter like this one when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Navy SEALs Mourn Their Most Tragic Day
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U.S. General: Afghan Forces Will Have To Step Up
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Darryl St. George, a Navy corpsman with Weapons Company of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., reads a book as the sun rises over a temporary base nicknamed "Patrol Base Suc" in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A Teacher Leaves The Classroom For Afghanistan
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A Marine walks along a mud wall while conducting a search and clearing operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province, as the dust from a wheat thrashing machine falls like snow. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Marine: 'We're Starting To Fall To The Wayside'
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Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Zemore, 23, from Fredericksburg, Va., is a self-described troublemaker who liked to party too much. Zemore said he fell into the Marine Corps and now is on a Explosives Ordinance Disposal team, searching out bombs with a hand-held metal detector. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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For Some, The Decision To Enlist Offers Direction
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Afghan National Army troops take a break while on a joint patrol and clearing operation with Butcher Troop, part of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division, in eastern Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR/Redux hide caption

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Fighting Shifts To Afghanistan's Mountainous East
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Will U.S. Troop Drawdown Hurt Afghan Mission?
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