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Franklin Gilliard and his wife Sherry live in transitional housing, and they hold a circle of thanks at dinner to remember what they have. StoryCorps hide caption

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Once Homeless, Family Feels 'Blessed To Wake Up Another Day'

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Maurice Rowland (left) and Miguel Alvarez were working at an assisted living home last fall. When it shut down, Maurice -€- the cook --” and Miguel — the janitor --” stayed to take care of the residents left behind. StoryCorps hide caption

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'If We Left, They Wouldn't Have Nobody'

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Ron Riveira, 42, a retired Navy corpsman and a medic for the Marines, with retired Army medic Jason Deitch, 44, in Concord, Calif. The two crossed paths while they were deployed overseas and reconnected back in the states. StoryCorps hide caption

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For Veteran, Hospice Care Work Connects Him To Family

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Ret. Army Sgt. 1st Class Max Voelz, 40, with Sgt. Mary Dague, 30, who helped him cope after his wife was killed disarming an IED in Iraq. They only met face-to-face recently, for their StoryCorps conversation. StoryCorps hide caption

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Bomb Techs Work Through 'Dark Spots' To Brighter Lives

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Former Army 1st Lt. Trista Matascatillo met her husband, former Army 1st Sgt. Hector Matascastillo, five years after she was sexually assaulted during officer training in the Navy. StoryCorps hide caption

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After A Sexual Assault And A Pregnancy, Vet Kept Her Pain Secret

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Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, with a taxidermy two-headed duckling. Liyna Anwar for NPR hide caption

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For Morbid Anatomy Museum Founder, Spooky Things Are Life's Work

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Shirley Parrello's son, Brian, died in Iraq almost ten years ago. Sgt. Kevin Powell was with him that day, and he says he can still picture Brian Parello in the moments after the IED exploded. Storycorps hide caption

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After Loss, Marine's Parents 'Gained 20-Something Other Sons'

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Darius Clark Monroe, 33, and David Ned, 63, met while Monroe was working on a documentary about a robbery he committed in his teens. The film, Evolution of a Criminal, will air on PBS in January. StoryCorps hide caption

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Honor Student Turned Bank Robber Returns For Forgiveness

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When Sgt. Paul Braun (right) first met Philip, the Iraqi interpreter assigned to his company, he didn't trust him. But after his tour was over, he worked for years to get Philip a visa to come to the U.S. Storycorps hide caption

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American Soldier, Iraqi Interpreter: From Strangers To 'Brothers'

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Sonia Vasquez with her daughter, Tina, during a recent visit with StoryCorps in New York City. StoryCorps hide caption

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Growing Up Broke Strengthened Daughter's Bond With Working Mom

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Darnell Moore (right) tells his friend Bryan Epps about growing up in Camden, N.J., where a group of boys once attacked him and attempted to light him on fire. Moore now mentors LGBTQ teens. StoryCorps hide caption

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An Outcast Teen Attacked With Slurs, Fists, Gasoline And A Match

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More than four decades working as a bricklayer gave Barbara Moore calloused, aching hands — and these biceps. Courtesy of Olivia Fite hide caption

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Female Bricklayer Defied Doubters To Build Baltimore Landmarks

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Clela Rorex (right) tells her friend Sue Larson that she doesn't regret her decision to grant the controversial marriage licenses. StoryCorps hide caption

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Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975

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For Two Sisters, A Family Bond Tightens In Bullet's Wake

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Weekend Edition Host Rachel Martin with Sunday Conversation guest Denyse Gordon, Miss Veteran America. Amy Ta/NPR hide caption

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