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COVER STORYWounded Iraqi soldiers languish, awaiting government helpFor two years now, Pfc. Qusay Aziz has risen each morning in the dank confines of a metal shipping container, rolled off a stained, torn mattress, put on his right leg and reported for duty. • Story

Two brothers, the memory of fallen comrades, and a perilous journey across the seaITheir 2½-month, 8,312-mile voyage in a fishing boat finally at an end, brothers Ralph and Robert Brown told seafaring stories to a rapt audience of injured soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. • Story

Custody battles can become a rude ‘welcome home’ for military parentsWhen Staff Sgt. Jessica Tolbe returned from Iraq in February, she looked forward to catching up on lost time with her sons. But when she went to pick them up from her ex-husband, she was blocked from seeing them by a court order issued while she was still overseas. • Story

Shoot house tests servicemembers with video technologyWhen the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team returns from the field later this month, a state-of-the-art shoot house will be waiting for them. •Story

'Juicy bars’ said to be havens for prostitution aimed at U.S. militaryIt took less than an hour and $40 in glasses of juice for the pretty young woman working at the noisy bar to offer up her cell phone number and a promise that “the pleasures of a Filipina” could be had for the right price. • Story

U.S. team works on problems with dams, wells in AfghanistanPoor placement and management of wells and dams over several years by nongovernmental organizations and military reconstruction teams throughout Khost province have drained water tables, drying out land cultivated by thousands of farmers in the mountains. • Story

Spouse CallsA weekly column in Stripes' Scene magazine by Terri Barnes, a military wife and mother of three who lives and writes in Germany. • This week's column • Terri Barnes' blog

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