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In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, Nick Popaditch, a Republican congressional candidate in the California's 53rd District, poses for a photo showing his Marine Corps insignia in his right eye in La Mesa, Calif. Popaditch, who was injured in Iraq on April 7, 2004, when shrapnel tore through his sinuses and destroyed his right eye, says, "...if the bad guys come back into control, that's not something I can control 8,000 miles away here. I'm just proud of the fact that when it came time to stand and fight for those things, those concepts of freedom, liberty, human rights ... I'm glad my nation did it." (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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FILE - In this April 9, 2003 file photo, Staff Sgt. Nick Popaditch of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment, smokes a cigar while standing on top of his tank, as he arrives at a main crossroad in downtown Baghdad. A statue of then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is in the background. On April 7, 2004, while serving as a United States Marine in Iraq, Popaditch's tank was struck by an RPG, with shrapnel carving a path through his sinuses and destroying his right eye. His actions earned him a Silver Star and a Purple Heart but cost him his military career. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

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In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, Nick Popaditch, a Republican congressional candidate in the California's 53rd District, poses for a photo showing his Marine Corps insignia in his right eye in La Mesa, Calif. Popaditch, who was injured in Iraq on April 7, 2004, says, "...if the bad guys come back into control, that's not something I can control 8,000 miles away here. I'm just proud of the fact that when it came time to stand and fight for those things, those concepts of freedom, liberty, human rights ... I'm glad my nation did it." (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)