Filling The Gaps For Veterans With Bad Discharges

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After Discharge Upgrade, Marine Finally Finds A Reason To Live

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Michael Hartnett was a Marine during the Gulf War and served in Somalia. He received a bad conduct discharge for abusing drugs and alcohol. His wife, Molly, helped him turn his life around. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper'

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For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment

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Reed Holway spent 13 months in Iraq. He says PTSD brought on a drinking problem when he returned to the States — and that eventually led to a bad-conduct discharge. Vets with "bad paper" have trouble getting any VA health benefits — even for PTSD. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter

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Food distributed by the Manna Food Center is packed in cardboard boxes to be loaded into clients' cars. Chloe Coleman/NPR hide caption

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Stuck In Poverty Amid Signs Of Recovery

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Bob Moses works with Jennifer Augustine, Guitoscard Denize, Darius Collins and other students who are part of this Algebra Project classroom. It's one of several student cohorts across the country where students who've struggled with math get to college-level by the end of high school. Christopher Connelly/NPR hide caption

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To '60s Civil Rights Hero, Math Is Kids' Formula For Success

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Myla Haider (shown at a press conference in Washington, D.C., in 2011) says she initially decided not to report that she'd been raped because she'd "never met one victim who was able to report the crime and still retain their military career." Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sexual Violence Victims Say Military Justice System Is 'Broken'

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Jamie Livingston was sexually abused while serving in the Navy. She now lives in El Paso, Texas. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Off The Battlefield, Military Women Face Risks From Male Troops

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Staff Sgt. Jessica Keown, with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss in El Paso Texas, served with a female engagement team, or FET, in Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Women In Combat, And The Price They Pay

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Sgt. Jaclyn O'Shea (second from left) and Sgt. Alyssa Corcoran (right) stand with Afghan commandos in Logar province, Afghanistan. Courtesy of Jaclyn O'Shea hide caption

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Female Soldiers Face Tough Switch From Front Lines To Homefront

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Fisherman Donato Dalrymple holds 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez inside a bedroom closet moments before federal agents entered the bedroom on April 22, 2000, and seized the boy to reunite him with his father in Washington. Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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Former felon Vikki Hankins has been fighting for civil rights for convicts for years. After applying to have her own civil rights restored in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Hankins was recently informed that she will not be eligible to apply again until 2017. Michael Ciaglo/News21 hide caption

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Richard Flores, 47, received his civil rights at a Clemency Board hearing in June. Convicted of vehicular manslaughter in 1994, he served one year of house arrest. He's been waiting since then to have his right to vote restored. Michael Ciaglo/News21 hide caption

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For Many Florida Ex-Cons, Voting Booth Is Off-Limits

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