Marine Sgt. Maj. Robert Breeden, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan on June 12, 2009. Breeden is now home from Afghanistan and trying to stay busy. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A Marine Home From War And Battling Boredom
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"Sometimes there isn't a right answer," Chaplin Terry Roberts told the mourners during the service at Camp Lejeune. Jeff Janowski for NPR hide caption

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Safely Home, Marines Grieve For Their Fallen
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Laughter, Tears And Kisses As Marines Come Home
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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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Lt. James Wende, pictured on patrol in Helmand province, says he feels like a senior looking at the freshman class as he concludes his deployment in Afghanistan and hands over the territory to newly arrived Marines. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Marines Welcome Replacements To The Afghan Fight
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For Marine's Wife, A Tough Deployment At Home
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Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson approaches Patrol Base Lakhari in southern Helmand province. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Marines Seek To Tame Afghan 'Snake's Head'
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Marines from an explosive ordnance disposal team detonate a homemade explosive device, which was discovered near a compound outside of their base. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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On The Hunt For Roadside Bombs In Afghanistan
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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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Marine's Family Awaits Word From The War Zone
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Volunteers Serve As Support For Marines' Parents
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First Sgt. Derrick Mays stands beneath the company colors outside of a tent at Camp Leatherneck in June. An 18-year Marine Corps veteran, Mays says his wife, Marcia, has a way of tolerating the long deployments. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Toll Of War: Broken Hearts, Marriages For Marines
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U.S. Marines Fight In Challenging Afghan Terrain
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Families Send Basics To Marines In Afghanistan
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Back From The Front Lines In Helmand Province
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Mourning A Marine Killed In Afghanistan
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Taliban Use Guerrilla Tactics In Helmand Province
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Marines Seek To Forge Bonds While Pursuing Taliban
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Marines Keep Pressure On Taliban
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Targets On Their Backs, Marines Enter Afghan Town
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Families Of 'America's Battalion' Wait For News
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Marines Press Hard Across Southern Afghanistan
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U.S. Military Launches 'Strike Of The Sword'
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