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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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David Toombs holds a photo of his son, John, at his home in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Former Sgt. John Toombs developed a drug problem after he left the Army and was in a residential treatment program at the Murfreesboro Veterans Affairs center. In 2016, he killed himself on the VA campus. Kristina Krug for NPR hide caption

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A Vet's Suicide Pushes The VA To Do Better

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VA Hospital Aims To Do Better After Veteran's Suicide

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Nico Walker wrote his semi-autobiographical novel Cherry while in federal prison for armed bank robbery. Courtesy of Nico Walker hide caption

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An Iraq Veteran, Heroin Addict, Bank Robber And Debut Novelist

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Robert Wilkie Sworn In As Secretary Of Veterans Affairs

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North Korea Turns Over 55 Boxes Of Possible Remains Of U.S. Serviceman

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Robert Wilkie testifies during a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on June 27, 2018. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Senate Confirms Pentagon Official To Head Veterans Affairs Department

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Veterans Affairs secretary nominee Robert Wilkie (right) speaks with Marion Polk, national commander of AMVETS, before testifying at a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing Wednesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Trump's Uncontroversial VA Pick Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

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Robert Wilkie, Trump's Nominee To Lead VA, Has Relatively Smooth Confirmation Hearing

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What To Know About Trump's VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie

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News Brief: Primaries Roundup, VA Secretary Hearing, War In Syria

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