Nellie Bagley embraces Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., in May. In 2006, Bagley's son Jose's Humvee was hit by a grenade — and now he can't talk, walk, eat or move most of his body. But Bagley has fought for his rights and for resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Chad J. McNeeley/Department of Defense hide caption

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Mom Finds Strength To Fight For Wounded Marine
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Your Stories Of The Impact Of War
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Military Families Struggle With Dwindling Resources
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Laughter, Tears And Kisses As Marines Come Home
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Army Family's Choice: Kids' Care Or Deployment?
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Lt. James Wende (right) with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, keeps a watchful eye on his Marines while on patrol in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Marines Reflect On Duty, Death In Afghanistan
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Army Mom Refuses To Deploy
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Was Iraq 'Worth It'?
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Soldiers Project Aims To Heal War's Mental Scars
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VA Official Duckworth Struggles To Return From Iraq
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Some Scars Only Doctors See
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Shinseki Measures Scope Of Veterans' Mental Issues
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Battalion Chaplain Gary Lewis says a prayer over the Stryker where Spc. Aaron Aamot and Spc. Gary Gooch died the previous day. The wheels were still burning, and the soldiers later had a difficult time pulling the massive vehicle out of the blast crater. Graham Smith/NPR hide caption

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Soldiers Pick Up Wreckage After Afghanistan Bombing
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For Marine's Wife, A Tough Deployment At Home
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