Soldiers fill a hole left by an explosion on a road outside Beiji, Iraq, in 2005. In his debut novel, Michael Pitre follows a group of Marines doing similar work on Iraq's highways. Ryan Lenz/AP hide caption

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Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus
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VA Deputy Secretary On Wait Times: 'We Owe The American People An Apology'
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Vance, who serves as a coach, founded the group after his own struggle with PTSD. He says it helped him get out of a dark place. He now has a degree in social work. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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First Rule Of This Fight Club: You Must Be A Veteran
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Mark Pierce enlisted in the military in 1970, served in Vietnam and retired in 2010. Years later, his two sons also joined the armed forces. Courtesy of Mark Pierce hide caption

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From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man
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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect in northern Iraq walk toward the Syrian border last week. STRINGER/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Embattled Yazidis Say They Are Now Enduring Atrocity No. 74
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Volunteers at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore sort and box food donations on a conveyor belt. The bank started working with groups like the USO in 2013 to provide food aid to families affiliated with nearby military bases. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries
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Veterans Advocacy Group Puts Corinthian Colleges On Blacklist
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Medic First Refused His Silver Star — Then, 4 Decades Later, Accepted
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In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone
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Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders
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Bryan McDonel and his father, Mike, both served multiple tours in Iraq with the National Guard. Bryan was first prescribed painkillers before his deployment, and his dependence on medication prompted a downward spiral. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers
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A decade ago, U.S. soldiers were fighting and rebuilding in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit. The past few weeks have seen those cities, among others, fall to the Sunni militant group ISIS. Here, a member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard Thursday near an ISIS checkpoint in Mosul. Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For U.S. Vets, Iraq's Newest Conflict Awakens Complex Emotions
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To Treat PTSD, Veterans Have A Vast Array Of Ineffective Solutions
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