Wikimedia Commons/Michael Yon

Even if you aren't familiar with Marvel's gun-toting brutal vigilante, the Punisher, chances are you've seen his symbol: a leering white skull on a black background.

Showing up in Iraq and Afghanistan on unofficial unit patches; spray-painted on buildings, vehicles, and equipment; and as military tattoos, the skull may have greater renown than the comic-book character, especially among service members.

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US Army

When it comes to deciding whether to leave the military or to make it a career, too many folks just wait until their current contract expires and say, “Oh shit. I have to get a real job now.” Others just robotically keep signing papers every few years, sleepwalking from tour to tour until they’ve ended up having a military career without ever consciously deciding to.

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Courtesy of Walter Daniel

A military widower filed a petition Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the long-standing doctrine that bars service members and their families from suing the federal government for injuries or death that occur while in the line of duty.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin would never invade western Europe.

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U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. David Overson

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