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Retired Army Sgt. Steven Scalora of Woodbury, Conn. gets emotional as he looks out at the Lincoln Memorial following a rally for veteran and military service men and woman calling for an end to the federal government shutdown at the World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 15, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK
Retired ArmySgt. Steven Scalora of Woodbury, Conn. gets emotional as he looks out at the Lincoln Memorial following a rally for veteran and military service men and woman calling for an end to the federal government shutdown at the World War II Memorial, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., Tuesday, October 15, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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