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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
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July 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Medal of Honor

Jul 21, 2014 — Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts is credited with holding off a brutal Taliban attack back in 2008. He was the only one left alive at an observation post in Afghanistan, and continued to attack despite injuries.
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Mar 18, 2014 — At the White House, the nation's highest honor for valor in action went to 24 men — three of whom are still alive. Most were Jewish or Hispanic and had been unfairly passed over.
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Aug 26, 2013 — Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter received the nation's highest military honor. He feels privileged, but says "I would never tell any soldier or service member, 'Hey, go out and get the Medal of Honor', because of the amount of pain and loss and tears that has to be shed in order to receive it."
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Apr 11, 2013 — Emil Kapaun is being honored for his "extraordinary heroism" during the Korean War. The Catholic priest, who died in a prisoner of war camp in 1951, is also a potential candidate for sainthood.
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Feb 11, 2013 — During a firefight in Afghanistan, then-Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha repeatedly put himself in harm's way. At one point, he played peek-a-boo with a sniper. But afterward, he spoke about the soldiers he wasn't able to save. Today at the White House, he got the highest award for valor in action.
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May 16, 2012 — More than 40 years after his actions during the Vietnam war saved the lives of his fellow soldiers, Army Specialist Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously received the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony.
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Sep 29, 2011 — Meyer turned down the opportunity to apply for a job with the New York City Fire Department because others weren't being given the same chance. The opportunity only comes up once every four years.
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Sep 15, 2011 — "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty," U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer was just presented with the nation's highest honor for valor on the battlefield.
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Sep 15, 2011 — Dakota Meyer saved the lives of two dozen Afghan soldiers and more than a dozen of his fellow Marines. For doing so, he's getting the nation's highest honor for valor in action — the Medal of Honor. But he wanted to save even more lives.
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Sep 15, 2011 — President Obama today honors a Marine for his heroic actions in Afghanistan.
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