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Combat can be fun. As distasteful as that is, it’s also true. Surviving a battle without a scratch is exciting, profound, and invigorating, but what often follows is the sinking realization that you may never feel that alive again.

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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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Many of us join the military in search of a calling or a purpose, but some aren’t searching. They know exactly what they’re after. As a lifelong athlete, martial artist, and the son of a Marine, Rudy Reyes enlisted in 1998 and spent seven years as a reconnaissance Marine and scout sniper. Reyes’ 2003 deployment with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the initial invasion of Iraq was intimately detailed in Evan Wright’s award winning book “Generation Kill.” He even played himself in the 2008 HBO miniseries based on the book.

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A brutal odyssey through Iraq’s deserts and unforgiving streets, the HBO miniseries, “Generation Kill,” tells the true story of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion during the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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