Army Capt. Drew Pham says his wife, Molly Pearl, helps him push through the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life after deployment in Afghanistan. StoryCorps hide caption

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Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own

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Jessica and Anthony Villarreal in December 2011, more than three years after the explosion that severely burned Anthony in Afghanistan. Courtesy of Jessica Villarreal hide caption

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Marine Draws Strength From His Marriage To Recover From Burns

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Suzanne Bishop (left) and LJ Evans met while volunteering at an animal rescue center in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. StoryCorps hide caption

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Animal Rescuers Create Joy Amid Chaos After Exxon Valdez Spill

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Lisa Garzone, 47, and Megan Smith, 25, became friends after grieving the loss of the man they both loved. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Man's Death Unites The Women Who Loved Him

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Celeste Davis-Carr, a high school English teacher in Chicago, learned her student Aaron was homeless from a recording for the StoryCorpsU program. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Homeless Teen Finds Solace In A Teacher And A Recording

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Dean Smith, doubling as Maureen O'Hara, with stuntman Lee McLaughlin on the set of McClintock! Courtesy of the Smith Family hide caption

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A Cowboy Stunt Double Who Made The Stars Look Good

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The lives of Leo, Nick and Steven Argel (from left) changed the day Ollie Cantos knocked on their door. StoryCorps hide caption

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The Lives Of Blind Brothers Changed When 'Dad' Came Knocking

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Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen with their son, Luca. The couple spent their first Valentine's Day together fighting the same fire — before ending up in the hospital. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Fiery Valentine's Day For Two Firefighters In Love

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Barbara Amaya and her daughter, Bianca Belteton, at a visit to StoryCorps in Arlington, Va. StoryCorps hide caption

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Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

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Jeremiah Lasater committed suicide in high school after years of bullying. He played for the Vasquez High football team in Acton, Calif. Courtesy of Vasquez High School hide caption

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When Jeremiah Couldn't Take More Bullying, He Took His Life

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Lionel D'Luna, daughter Adrienne and wife Debra remember their daughter and sister Alexis, who died in 2012 of complications from CHARGE syndrome. Courtesy of the D'Luna Family hide caption

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Giving Thanks For Two Bonus Decades Of Life And Love

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Clayton Sherrod became head chef at an all-white country club in 1964, when he was just 19. Today, he owns his own catering business in Alabama. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Black Chef At An All-White Club Who 'Never Looked Back'

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Kathleen Russo (right) and daughter Marissa Maier visited StoryCorps to remember Russo's late husband, writer Spalding Gray. StoryCorps hide caption

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Spalding Gray's Family Remembers A Man Who Was 'Never Boring'

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Susan Mello Souza (left) and Mary Moran Murphy met as teenagers at a home for unwed mothers in Massachusetts. Decades later, the women are still friends. StoryCorps hide caption

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Once Hidden In Shame, 2 Mothers 'Don't Have To Lie Anymore'

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After a patient told neurosurgeon Lee Buono to thank the teacher who inspired him, he called up Al Siedlecki. StoryCorps hide caption

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Recalling His Inspiration, A Neurosurgeon Thanks A Teacher

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