Smoke rises from Kunduz, Afghanistan on Thursday. Government forces have reportedly retaken the city after it was seized by the Taliban on Monday. AP hide caption

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When he came back from Afghanistan, Army Pfc. Brian Orolin was eager to return to his life as a father and husband. But he had trouble holding on to a sense of purpose, his wife says. StoryCorps hide caption

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The Red Cross funded these homes in the Parc Tony Colin community in Bon Repos, Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake, but residents say the structures are starting to deteriorate from water damage. Newly obtained internal reports raise questions about how the Red Cross spent nearly $500 million in Haiti. Marie Arago for NPR hide caption

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Anny Pena, 30, and Jonny Pena, 32, met when they were both stationed in Arizona. StoryCorps hide caption

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American Journalist James Foley, pictured in 2011. Foley's beheading at the hands of the Islamic State militant group has forced a debate over how the U.S. balances its policy of not paying ransoms. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Army Spc. Jerral Hancock sits for a portrait with his son Julius. It is believed that Hancock was trapped under the wreckage of his Army tank in Iraq for half an hour before he was rescued. Courtesy of David Jay/Unknown Soldier hide caption

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Jan Scruggs gazes up at the names of fellow military service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Scott Skiles, 61, and his son Zach Skiles, 32, had never sat down to talk about Zach's life after his deployment to Iraq --until their recent StoryCorps interview. StoryCorps hide caption

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