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After Deployment, Marine Returns To Find His 'Most Important Thing': Fatherhood

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This '80s Rock Frontman Knows: What Could Be More Metal Than Sharks?

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Navigating Life, And Relationships, After A Jail Sentence

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Donna Engeman, Survivor Outreach Services manager at the Installation Management Command, rode her Harley Davidson from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., to ride in Rolling Thunder Memorial Day, 2012. She rides again this year to help raise awarenes about the significance and meaning behind the Gold Star Pins. Rob Mcilvaine(AR News)/U.S. Army /Rob Mcilvaine(AR News)/U.S. Army hide caption

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Army Love: A Fallen Soldier's Widow Tells Their Daughter How It All Began

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Jim Stockdale greets his father, Navy pilot and then-Capt. James B. Stockdale, at Miramar Naval Air Station on Feb. 15, 1973. Courtesy of Jim Stockdale hide caption

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A POW Dad And His Family's Fierce, Loving Allegiance

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When Her Town Needed Fixing, This Single Mom Stepped Up

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A Stanford Family: Groundskeeper Dad Cultivates His Son's Classroom Dream

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Nearing Life's End, A Mother Reflects On 'The Most Important Thing I Did'

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Reborn At 40, She Uncovered New Life In A 'Dream' — Looking At Skulls

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Vito de la Cruz once worked the fields as a migrant worker with his family. Now, he's a civil rights attorney. And through it all, he has recalled a day of fear on the fields where he worked as a child. StoryCorps hide caption

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'I Can Smell The Dirt And The Fear': Up From Soil, The Soul Of A Law Career

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A pretty compelling fringe benefit: the view from the Ortega River Bridge. Courtesy of Barb Abelhauser hide caption

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Now Hiring: Low Pay, Terrible Benefits And An Unmatched View On Life

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For Decades, He Carried Guilt For Another Soldier's Death

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The 'Larger Than Life' Legend Of The Ballpark Beer Guy

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The True Story Of A Fake Presidential Candidate

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Eva Vega-Olds on her wedding day in May 2009 with her father, Leonardo Vega. As he walked her down the aisle, he cracked a joke in their family's characteristic sarcasm, telling her: "It's my day. I finally get rid of you." Courtesy of Eva Vega-Olds hide caption

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Just Days Before Her Father Died, She Told Him What He Meant To Her

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'If You Don't Fight For Yourself, Ain't Nobody Else Gonna Do It For You'

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Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers, reprising their 1969 foot bath more than two decades later, during their final scene together in 1993. (c) The Fred Rogers Company hide caption

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Walking The Beat In Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Where A New Day Began Together

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In 1975 Small-Town Arkansas, Gay Couple Stayed In The Closet

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'I'm A Female And I'm A Veteran ... Those 2 Things Are Not Mutually Exclusive'

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For 2 Black Stuntmen Breaking Into Hollywood, 'You Were Subject To Get Hurt'

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A Mom, A Son With Down Syndrome — And The Love That Made A 'Curse' A Gift

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Even Seizures Can't Slow This Sixth-Grader: 'Nothing Can Stop Me!'

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Sean Smith, 10, with his sister Erin, 8, at home on June 4, 1989,” the day before her death. Courtesy of Lee Smith hide caption

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Gone With A Gunshot, His Little Sister Remains 'Eternally 8'

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