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Returning Soldier Surprises Family at KFC [VIDEO]

We’ve all seen the heartwarming videos of soldiers stationed overseas surprising their children stateside with early returns home.

And that’s how this video of Capt. Cherissa Jackson, who had been deployed in Afghanistan, begins, with mom surprising her daughters Anita and Ashley at a Gaitherburg, Maryland Kentucky Fried Chicken. But then it gets even more touching. 

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via Matt Cardy, Getty Images
via Matt Cardy, Getty Images
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Houston VA Wants Combat Veterans for PTSD Study

Doctors at the Houston VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine are studying a new medical technique for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and they need veterans who've served in combat for their study.

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via Three Lions, Getty Images
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Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight

Those who keep track of these things say the world is closer to apocalypse than most people know.

The Doomsday Clock, a figurative timepiece used as a barometer of humankind’s fate, was moved one minute closer to midnight on Tuesday, the first time it has been nudged forward since 2007.

It is now 11:55, five minutes before Doomsday.

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via State Comptroller Susan Combs
via State Comptroller Susan Combs
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Property Tax Exemption Extended to Veterans’ Surviving Spouses

Texas continues to do its part to help military veterans and their families. A full homestead property tax exemption that began in 2009 for totally disabled veterans will extend to their surviving spouses after January 1.

This means spouses of disabled veterans who have died won't have to give up the property tax exemption their late spouses were entitled to.

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via flickr/Lil' Mike
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F-16 Pilot Ready to Give Her Life on 9-11

Of all the big and small stories to come out of the horrific events of September 11, 2001, few are more heart-rending than that of a young Air National Guard  pilot who was ready and willing to crash her unarmed F-16 jet fighter into one of the hijacked passenger airliners to keep more people from being killed.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Joe Raedle, Getty Images
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Troops Returning From Iraq War Have Americans Split — Survey of the Day

Earlier this week, the Pentagon declared the end of the Iraq War, an almost nine-year conflict which claimed 4,487 American lives and removed Saddam Hussein from power. Now, Americans are are conflicted over whether the entire endeavor was worth it.

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via Jeff Gentner, Getty Images
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Former POW Jessica Lynch Gets College Degree – Wants to Teach

Former US Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is now Jessica Lynch B.A., and on her way to being a teacher.  She has graduated from West Virginia University with an education degree, with plans to get a Master's degree in Communication and teach it some day.

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via Alex Wong, Getty Images
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VA Cemetery Director Leaves Houston

It's been learned that the controversial director of the VA's Houston National Cemetery has been transferred to an administrative position at the VA's National Cemeteries Administration in Washington D.C.

Arleen Ocasio asked that she be transferred out of Houston.

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