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    Faith in humanity restored. On July 7, Vietnam War veteran Michael Sulsona was shopping at Lowe's Home Improvement Center when his wheelchair fell apart. He had been waiting for a new chair from the Veterans Administration, as his old one had become increasingly unusable, but had been told he's "not entitled to a spare wheelchair." He lost both of his legs above the knee when he stepped on a landmine in 1971 while serving his country.

    Rather than awkwardly help him and ask who to call, three employees sprung into action fixing the war hero's busted wheelchair. By the time they left, 45 minutes after closing, it was as good as new.

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    Many people put stickers on their cars that show something about them. Ellen Wilson of Savannah, Georgia, has an "I Love My Soldier" bumper sticker on her car to show her support for her fiance in the military. This sticker apparently enraged someone so much that they left a threatening note on Wilson's windshield while she was shopping inside her local Target store.

    The note, which was unsigned, was clearly written by a person who was very angry -- it's a full-on rant with an underlined word and an expletive. It also contained a threat saying she was lucky he or she didn't slash her tires. There's more.

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    Let the soldiers bare their arms. No, not bear arms -- bare arms. Did you know that Army soldiers are required to wear their ACUs sleeves-down and aren't allowed to roll them up no matter how hot the sweltering summer gets?

    It's been about a decade since the Army Combat Uniform replaced the Battle Dress Uniform, and soldiers lost their sleeve-rolling privileges. Spc. Milt Perkins is unimpressed with the requirement in the summer heat at Fort Polk, which he likens to a Louisiana steam bath. "I sweat every day when I walk to work," said the 26-year-old operating room specialist for a combat support hospital. "You get sticky."

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    Army wife Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo wasn't expecting to receive the news she did when she was admitted to a hospital four months into her pregnancy. The mom of one was experiencing severe abdominal pain, but other than that, she seemed perfectly healthy. But shortly after meeting with doctors, the mother-to-be learned she had a massive tumor covering half of her liver and that she had an aggressive liver cancer that gave her four months to live, tops.

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    Today is the 4th of July, and most of us are thrilled to be spending quality time with family and friends -- not to mention squeezing in some extra relaxation on this long weekend.

    But while we're having fun in the sun and enjoying hamburgers and hot dogs, we need to take a moment to remember what Independence Day is really about -- this amazing country called America that we're privileged to call home.

    There are way too many wonderful things to love about America to put in a list, but here are eight quotes which seem to sum up how much we adore the good old United States.

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    I don't think we'll ever get our fill of touching reunions between kids and their parents returning from an overseas deployment. Families sacrifice a lot when mom or dad is in the service, sometimes going a year or more without seeing them.

    It's always so sweet when people step up to help make things better for kids who miss their parents, and Austin Sides probably thought that's what the MLB was doing for him for his 11th birthday Tuesday night. He got to throw the opening pitch for the Kansas City Royals game against the Los Angeles Dodgers but got the sweetest surprise when he realized that the catcher was his dad, Air Force Major Robert Sides!

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    Retired Marine Lance Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter is about to become the third Marine in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- and the eighth living -- to receive the Medal of Honor. The award, which is the most prestigious one granted to military members for their exemplary bravery, is one Carpenter truly deserves. While stationed in Afghanistan, the 24-year-old Mississippi native threw himself on top of a live grenade in order to protect his best friend and comrade, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. But, if you ask him, he doesn't believe he did anything special.

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    June 14th is Flag Day, and even though it's not a major holiday, we still need to remember to take a moment to acknowledge the American flag and all that it stands for. And that goes beyond simply saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Today we need to truly appreciate living in this country.

    Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness -- whatever America means to you is symbolized by the stars and stripes, and we should feel a sense of pride and gratitude every time we salute Old Glory.

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    They do say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Looks as though one deployed soldier took that old adage quite seriously. Wednesday was always pizza night for her and her husband. He sent her a message telling her how much he missed doing that with her. In the sweetest and most scrumptious gesture we've ever seen, she kept that tradition going even during her absence. Take a look at what popped up at his door.

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    An Afghanistan veteran was reportedly harassed by a flight attendant on Memorial Day. I wish this statement wasn't true, but this is what happened to decorated war veteran Adam Popp who has a prosthetic leg (pictured) as a result of his wounds from an improvised explosive device while on duty in 2007.

    Popp was flying on Alaska Airlines home from Seattle to Washington, D.C., after completing a 94-mile adventure race with other wounded veterans. He's an inspiration. It also seems he was discriminated against for his prosthetic leg, and beyond that, he was treated with disrespect when a flight attendant couldn't see beyond his prosthetic leg and told him he had to change seats or he'll be kicked off the plane.

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