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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Mourning A Marine Killed In Afghanistan

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Back From The Front Lines In Helmand Province

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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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Marine General Takes Fight To The Taliban

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