Heroes come in all forms, shapes, and sizes. Some walk upright on two legs, and others rove on four, with wagging tails and shaggy fur. Marine Cpl. Jeff DeYoung and his military working dog, Cena, supported combat operations in Helmand province, and were wounded in the line of duty —- DeYoung used his body to shield Cena from incoming machine gun fire — but continued their mission, even participating in Operation Moshtarak, the largest operation in Afghanistan at the time.
DeYoung and Cena were separated on April 25, 2010, after the Marine’s deployment ended. After his separation, DeYoung began to struggle with post traumatic stress. But, on June 5, 2014, Cena was retired from military service and adopted by her former partner, DeYoung.
Fox News reports that though DeYoung still has the occasional nightmare — so does Cena — both are doing better, and they seem to have found solace and comfort in their reunion.
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.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.