President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Rida Sihab Mansour, a staff sergeant in the National Guard, stands with the uniform he wears when he serves on the honor guard at military funerals. He says he's positive that his guard commitments are making it more difficult to build a career. Katie Schoolov/KPBS hide caption

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A view inside the Washington National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in February. As Congress cuts $500 billion from the Defense Department budget, the National Guard and active Army are competing for the same dollars. Patricia Murphy/KUOW hide caption

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Indiana Army National Guard Pvt. Trea Colon inspects her equipment during a field training exercise at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck. Sgt. Jeremiah Runser/U.S. Army via DVIDS hide caption

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Spectators bow their heads during a moment of silence during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, on Sunday. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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