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Burke deployed to southern Afghanistan in 2009. Based in a remote village, he was friendly with the local children and then scarred when several died when they found a piece of unexploded ordnance. Courtesy of Thomas Burke hide caption

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Connecticut VA Opens Its Doors To 'Bad Paper' Veterans

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Why It's Notable That A Slew Of New Members Elected To Congress Are Military Veterans

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said his department is on the mend after a tumultuous 2018. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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After A Year Of Turmoil, New VA Secretary Says 'Waters Are Calmer'

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Pittsburgh Community Reels Following Mass Shooting At Synagogue

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Pittsburgh Holds Vigil To Honor Victims In Synagogue Shooting

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Major Investigation Underway After Suspicious Packages Mailed To Government Officials

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Post-Michael: Hard-Hit Florida Residents Consider Whether To Rebuild

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Jason Kander addresses a rally last year. He withdrew from the race for mayor of Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, saying he suffered from PTSD related to his military service in Afghanistan. Holly Ramer/AP hide caption

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Kansas City Mayoral Candidate Jason Kander Drops Out, Citing PTSD

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Army Maj. D.J. Skelton in his garage at home in Monterey, Calif. In November 2004, insurgents ambushed Skelton's platoon during the second battle of Fallujah in Iraq. Two rocket propelled grenades hit the concrete next to him. What really should have killed him was a fragment that entered his right cheek, destroyed the roof of his mouth and exited his left eye. Jason LeCras for NPR hide caption

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Army Maj. D.J. Skelton Wants You To Look Him In The Eye

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VA Will Try Again To Make Its Health Records Compatible With Pentagon's

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Murder Trial Of Blackwater Guard Ends In Mistrial

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