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Part 2: First casualty of war? 'Everything'

10 Years of War: Family life for the battle-tested Debiaks often means kisses blown to the ocean and birthdays on video. The littlest Debiak takes note.

Published: Aug. 24, 2011 Updated: Aug. 28, 2011 10:29 a.m.
By DOUG IRVING / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Editor's note: We are approaching two 10-year anniversaries. Sept. 11 we all remember. But Oct. 7 we seem to have forgotten. It marks 10 years of war: first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq – longer than any time in U.S. history. More than 6,200 dead. More than 45,000 wounded. Over four Sundays, the Orange County Register will tell the story of the more than 2 million troops who've fought in these wars. As we commemorate the anniversaries of Sept. 11 and Oct. 7, let us, as a nation, seek to understand the sacrifices made as a result of them.

They were so young the first time they said goodbye, a couple of newlyweds who had never been through war. He forgot his gas mask, and she had to rush home to get it as if all he had left in the bedroom closet was a briefcase.

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