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From the Ted Talk by Wes Moore: How to talk to veterans about war

Unscramble the Blue Letters

By the time I finished that up and I rejoined my mliatiry unit and we were getting ready to deploy to ahaintasfgn, there were soldiers in my unit who were now on their second and third dnpoylemets before I even had my first. I remember walking out with my unit for the first time, and when you join the Army and you go through a combat tour, everyone looks at your suoedhlr, because on your shoulder is your cboamt patch. And so immediately as you meet people, you shake their hand, and then your eyes go to their shoulder, because you want to see where did they serve, or what unit did they serve with? And I was the only person walking around with a bare shoulder, and it burned every time someone stared at it.

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By the time I finished that up and I rejoined my ________ unit and we were getting ready to deploy to ___________, there were soldiers in my unit who were now on their second and third ___________ before I even had my first. I remember walking out with my unit for the first time, and when you join the Army and you go through a combat tour, everyone looks at your ________, because on your shoulder is your ______ patch. And so immediately as you meet people, you shake their hand, and then your eyes go to their shoulder, because you want to see where did they serve, or what unit did they serve with? And I was the only person walking around with a bare shoulder, and it burned every time someone stared at it.

Solution

  1. afghanistan
  2. deployments
  3. shoulder
  4. combat
  5. military

Original Text

By the time I finished that up and I rejoined my military unit and we were getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan, there were soldiers in my unit who were now on their second and third deployments before I even had my first. I remember walking out with my unit for the first time, and when you join the Army and you go through a combat tour, everyone looks at your shoulder, because on your shoulder is your combat patch. And so immediately as you meet people, you shake their hand, and then your eyes go to their shoulder, because you want to see where did they serve, or what unit did they serve with? And I was the only person walking around with a bare shoulder, and it burned every time someone stared at it.

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Important Words

  1. afghanistan
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  5. combat
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