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5:49am

Sat May 24, 2014
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After Serving In Iraq And Afghanistan, A New Mission: Healing

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 8:01 am

Jon Meadows was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2012. He and his wife, Melissa, have had to cope with the consequences of the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Afghanistan.
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StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Staff Sgt. Jon Meadows' first deployment to Iraq, one of his friends, Staff Sgt. William Beardsley, said he wanted to go on a mission in Jon's place.

Jon agreed — and Beardsley died on that mission.

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12:59am

Fri May 23, 2014
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'Someone Had To Do It': Airman Gives Fallen Soldiers A Final Salute

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 3:54 pm

MaCherie Dunbar (right), with her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui, an active duty Air National Guard medic. Dunbar, who is currently enrolled at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, hopes to retire from the Air Force this year.
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StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During her back-to-back deployments to Iraq for the U.S. Air Force, then-Senior Airman MaCherie Dunbar volunteered to do "patriot detail" — a ceremony for soldiers, airmen, Marines or sailors killed in action.

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1:42am

Fri May 16, 2014
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An Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 10:07 am

Carlos Rocha, 40, is serving a 30-year sentence for possession of a weapon and murder.
Courtesy of the Danville Correctional Center

Carlos Rocha grew up in Chicago and became a gang member like his brothers. In 1998, he was arrested for weapons possession and sent to prison.

Right before he was to be released on bond, Carlos, now 40, got into a fight with another inmate and killed him, resulting in an additional 24 years behind bars.

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1:35am

Fri May 9, 2014
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Saying Goodbye To A Friend Who's 'Ready To Go Home'

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Eddie Lanier (right) and David Wright became friends when Eddie was homeless in Durham, N.C.
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1:52am

Fri May 2, 2014
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Leaving A Dark Time Behind To 'Get Through It As A Family'

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

Frank Tempone with his son Jack at StoryCorps in Chicago.
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In 2009, Frank Tempone was severely depressed. He had what he calls a midlife crisis, and left his wife and three kids in Massachusetts to live on his own in Chicago.

But after two years apart, Frank came back. The entire family moved to Chicago, and Frank brought his oldest son, Jack, to StoryCorps because he wanted to apologize.

"Do you remember that time?" Frank asks Jack.

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