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Michigan native discovers opportunity through hardship

Story by Cpl. Jeff Drew | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.29.2011

COMBAT OUTPOST AZADI, Helmand province, Afghanistan – Combat boots kick clouds of powdered dust threatening to stifle the Marines and sailors as they patrol down the dusty, Afghan roads. Seventy pounds of personal protective equipment, water, and ammunition weigh the men down, and the unrelenting sun slowly siphons their strength. Sweat pours, lips smack, and blistering, tasteless water is barely enough to quell their unyielding thirst.

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