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In case you thought 'Doonesbury' was exaggerating about all the IEDs in Iraq

From a good article the other day about retired Army Col. Eric Welsh by Mark Davis of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Welsh recalls July 2, 2007. His Humvee was rolling along a road in Mosul when he heard a boom, felt the vehicle shake as if the ground was about to swallow it. The force of the blast knocked him out. When he came to, Welsh, shrugging off his latest concussion, returned to his troops. A physician stopped him. How many blasts does this make? the doctor asked. Welsh thought. "I don't know," he replied.

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Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: Belatedly, a view of Veterans' Day

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

There were a lot of great canine-soldier photos and stories that popped up on Monday's wire. But this one stood out. As Tom might say, it's one of those times when the photo stands on its own:

A dog snuggles up to a woman with a prosthetic leg while waiting to march in the Veteran's Day Parade on Nov. 11, in New York City. The parade included members of all four branches of service, as well as members of the FDNY, NYPD and veterans from all major conflicts that the United States has been involved with since World War Two.

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