Photo by Kristen Wong

Earlier this year, I was party to one of the most beautiful, simple and profound acts of gratitude I have seen, in the form of a dog kiss.

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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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Photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Smith

Editor’s Note: This article has been modified from its original version, which was published on the personal website of Jess Levens.

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Photo by Cpl. Jad Sleiman

Sept. 11 is a different kind of day for me. Like everyone else, I know exactly where I was “when the world stopped turning that September day,” as Alan Jackson put it.

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