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Ronald Reagan had it right when he said, “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.” When I discharged from the Marine Corps in 2005, I really felt I had made a difference in the world, but I still had the rest of my life ahead of me. One of the first goals I set was attaining a college degree since earning money through the G.I. Bill to put toward tuition was one of the main drivers for me to join the service.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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When I was 17 years old, I had little-to-no plans for my future besides graduating high school. I always had a strong desire to serve my country and considered myself a patriot at heart. I knew I had to do something that would not only provide me with income, but would also provide me with real-life experience and skills that would drive my future. The choice was simple: I decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.

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