U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder

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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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U.S. Army/Spc. Christopher Brecht

Are you a fan of downrange dog stories? Did you laugh at General Order No. 1's injunction against pets? Then, brother, do I have a story for you. Well, I don't — but Twitter's resident Powerpoint sapper and occasional T&P; contributor, Angry Staff Officer, has quite the Iraq story, as related to him by a forward observer. If someone isn't working on the screenplay already, there's no justice in this world:

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Monday, March 13, marks National K9 Veterans Day, a day to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history. According to American Humane, it was 75 years ago today that the U.S. Army first established the War Dog Program, or “K9 Corps,” to train man’s best friend to become the military’s best canine asset. The dogs of war who have served alongside soldiers throughout history aren’t just good dogs — they’re great dogs.

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