Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of Austin Tice, who is missing in Syria for nearly six years, speak during a press conference, at the Press Club, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. The parents of an American journalist Austin Tice who has been missing in Syria since 2012 say they are hopeful the Trump administration will work on releasing their son the way they did with Americans who had been held for long time in North Korea. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Thirty-eight years ago Sunday, after nine months of waiting, we finally had the great delight of meeting our firstborn, Austin Bennett Tice.

Today, we wish we could remind him of how glad we are he was born, how blessed we are to be his parents, how truly we believe the world is a better place for having him in it.

But we can't do that; Austin is detained in Syria. We are not allowed any contact with him.

Sunday is his 2,554th day of detention.

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Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill

A man identified in media reports as the suspect in a mass shooting that killed 11 people at a California bar is a Marine veteran, Corps officials confirmed on Thursday.

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When HBO announced that it was releasing a show about a Marine veteran-turned-hitman, I thought, "neat." When I learned that Bill Hader was being cast as that Marine veteran, I was confused. Imagining the SNL funny man playing the role of a Marine was a stretch for me, but the trailer did enough to pull me in. You need to watch Barry.

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Livingston Parish Sheriff/Exploretalent.com

A Louisiana man with former ties to law enforcement and the military was arrested after authorities said he committed a hate crime, targeting a Livingston Parish convenience store because he believed the owners were Muslims — a group he blamed for "killing his fellow service members overseas."

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When a shoplifter decided to snag some swag from a Walmart in Plano, Texas, on Dec. 9, he committed a critical intelligence error: The local Marine Corps League was hosting a Toys for Tots donation drive in front of the business.

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A routine traffic stop and speeding ticket in June became the catalyst for a patriotic display on Aug. 6, when police  officers escorted 96-year-old Marine Corps vet Harold Sheffield from Bristol, New Hampshire, to the state line in a “rolling salute.”

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