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Gail Hodge (left), Dugan Eckstein’s mother, plans to send him ‘tons of letters’ to help keep his spirits up while he serves a tour of duty in Afghanistan. She encourages everyone to do the same for other soldiers.

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Service offers teen direction

Facing an uncertain future after a rocky road through high school led him to few job prospects afterwards, Dugan Eckstein decided to make a change he could be proud of — he enlisted in the U.S. Army.


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