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Nicholas Weichel stands next to the casket of his father, Rhode Island National Guard Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., who was killed in Afghanistan. The conflict is no longer a hot topic with most Americans, even with 88,000 U.S. troops still fighting there and 2,000 having died there. (Associated Press)

Nicholas Weichel stands next to the casket of his father, Rhode Island National Guard Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., who was killed in Afghanistan. The conflict is no longer a hot topic with most Americans, even with 88,000 U.S. troops still fighting there and 2,000 having died there. (Associated Press)

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