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Troops In Afghanistan Receive Hagel As Someone Who's Walked In Their Boots

Mar 13, 2013 (All Things Considered) — Chuck Hagel is the first Secretary of Defense to have served in Vietnam and the only veteran to hold that job who was not an officer. Hagel was also awarded two purple hearts for war injuries. Last weekend he traveled to Afghanistan and pinned purple hearts on soldiers there and established his credibility with the troops as a secretary of defense who's been in their boots.

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