Lt. Col. Jason Morris pays his respects at a memorial service in Sangin, Afghanistan, on Nov. 26, 2010, for three Marines who were killed: Lance Cpl. Brandon Pearson, Lance Cpl. Matthew Broehm and 1st Lt. Robert Kelly. Morris commanded a battalion in volatile Helmand province that suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit in the Afghanistan War.

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Military members who lost their limbs overseas participate in a run in California.

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Darryl St. George was a high school teacher on Long Island before becoming a Navy corpsman. In June, he was serving in southern Afghanistan. He's back in the U.S. for the time being and has visited his former school.

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Organizers of a national writing competition aim to encourage service members to share their experiences from Iraq and Afghanistan through prose and poetry. Click here for details on the project. hide caption

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The Barley House Wolves circle up around their coach, Ruairi O'Mahony, for a half-time huddle during a match against a hurling team from Worcester, Mass. Shannon Mullen for NPR hide caption

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"There are so many questions and so little answers while you're [in Afghanistan]," says Dominic "Dom" Fredianelli. Heather Courtney/Quincy Hill Films hide caption

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