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Three American defense contractors — all retired Army soldiers have received the Pentagon's highest civilian valor award for their respective roles in repelling two separate insurgent attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced last week.

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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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An alleged white supremacist who was involved in the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville, Virginia last August reportedly has U.S. government security clearance to do sensitive research for a defense contractor, according to a ProPublica and Frontline investigation.

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When Barbara Jennings made her first trip to the Middle East in 1991, she was a soldier, deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm. A native of Georgia, she served in the Army for two decades and completed several more overseas tours before retiring in 2003. Then, like many veterans, she kept deploying as a defense contractor.

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