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One weekend a month and two weeks each summer.

For as long as any of them could remember, those were the only requirements for Tennessee National Guardsmen to serve their country from the comforts of home.

But in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the active Army was spread too thin. Uncle Sam was calling the National Guard into the game.

Among them were soldiers from Sweetwater, Tennessee — neighbors, co-workers, and childhood friends — who deployed to one of the most hostile regions in Iraq to fight a faceless enemy.

Their most important mission was to make it home alive—until one day in August changed everything.

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Note: This is a true story about war. It includes strong language and violence that may offend some readers. Proceed accordingly.