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Troops Returning From Iraq War Have Americans Split — Survey of the Day

Earlier this week, the Pentagon declared the end of the Iraq War, an almost nine-year conflict which claimed 4,487 American lives and removed Saddam Hussein from power. Now, Americans are are conflicted over whether the entire endeavor was worth it.

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President Obama Welcomes Home US Soldiers After 8 Years of War [PICTURES, VIDEO]

President Barack Obama finally made good on his 2008 campaign promise to end the war in Iraq. On Wednesday, the president was at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to welcome troops returning home from Iraq for the last time.

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Former Marine Can’t Stop Sending Spam to Troops Overseas

Most of us get annoyed when we receive spam, but one Maryland man has spent countless hours and money sending Spam to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan so they can have a little bit of home while they’re away.

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Can Electricity Shock Your Brain Into Learning Faster? It Works for the Air Force

One of the toughest things to teach Air Force pilots who guide unmanned attack drones is how to accurately spot targets in complex radar images. Researchers, however, have found a way to cut that lengthy training time in half.

Delivering a mild electrical current to pilots’ brains through EEG electrodes placed on the scalp — a process called transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) — can accelerate learning and improve pilot accuracy. In addition, that accuracy is sustained for up to 40 minutes, whereas it otherwise typically declines after 20 minutes.

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Returning Soldier Surprises Sons By Wrapping Himself Up as Birthday Present [VIDEO]

A soldier dad from Kentucky gave his two sons a birthday surprise last week that they’ll likely never forget.

Capt. Nate Burgess, who had just returned home after serving in Afghanistan for the past year, decided to surprise his two sons on their birthday.

So, he wrapped himself up as a life-sized G.I. Joe birthday present and gave himself as a gift. 

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Dogs Welcome Home Soldiers In Heartwarming Montage [VIDEO]

Is there anything more adorable than a dog greeting its owner? How about a dog greeting its owner after they return home from military deployment? We dare you to watch this supercut of lovable pooches welcoming their owners home from military service and not get choked up.

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Justin Timberlake Has ‘Moving’ Experience at Marine Corps Ball [VIDEO]

In July, actor/singer Justin Timberlake accepted a YouTube invitation to attend a Marine Corps Ball with Cpl. Kelsey De Santis. Timberlake made good on his promise this past Saturday. But did he “bring sexy back” as well?

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Soldier’s WWII Helmet Returned to Family After Being Lost for 66 Years [VIDEO]

66 years after it was lost during D-Day, a WWII helmet will finally be returned to the soldier’s family thanks to the efforts of a collector in Minnesota.

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Returning Soldier Gives Fiance Joyful Surprise During Football Game [VIDEO]

Staci Lowe got the surprise of her life at a Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday when fiancé William Bell, an Army staff sergeant who wasn’t expected home from Iraq until later in the week, ran onto the field during halftime.

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Army Dad Surprises Daughter at Spelling Bee After Returning From Iraq [VIDEO]

Get ready for your heart to melt! This Army dad surprised his nine-year-old daughter at a spelling bee in Boca Raton, FL after a 10-month tour of duty that separated him from his family, ‘Today‘ reports.

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Returning Soldier Surprises Young Son at School [VIDEO]

We admit it. These things make us misty.

Army Specialist Matthew Peters of Owensville, Missouri spent a year deployed in Kuwait and Iraq, and hadn’t seen his young son, Blake, in more than six months. When he came home, he decided to pop in on the unsuspecting tyke at school for a hug the kid will probably never forget.

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Comes to an End for the Military [VIDEO]

The policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which has been in place since the Clinton administration, became a thing of the past at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday when the United States became one of more than 40 countries worldwide allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.

“They will no longer have to lie in order to help protect us,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin in a statement. “The end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is an important victory not just for equality, but integrity.”

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