Iraqis look at a burning U.S. Army Abrams battle tank on March 10, 2006, after an IED exploded on a highway in eastern Baghdad. Akram Saleh/Getty Images hide caption

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A scarred blast wall bears witness to the thousands of munitions exploded at a test site on the Aberdeen Proving Ground, a sprawling Army base north of Baltimore. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti of Massachusetts (shown here in the mountains of Afghanistan) will be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions on June 21, 2006, in which he gave his life trying to help another soldier. Courtesy of 10th Mountain Division hide caption

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Vicki and Tom Apsey speak to their son, Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Apsey, who is serving in southern Afghanistan. Catherine Welch for NPR hide caption

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