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Day 2: Minimal training for a huge task
Reactivated ready reservists say preparation was minimal for huge task
Part 3: Venturing ‘outside the wire’
Frustrations abound, but Deierlein’s unit finds a way to make a difference
Part 4: It all comes back to garbage
While fighting the menacing tide of refuse, Deierlein is badly wounded
Part 5: Charitable spirit survives
From a hospital bed, Deierlein runs foundation aiding impoverished Iraqis
Update and readers' reaction
Msnbc.com readers moved by soldier’s unwavering spirit of giving




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The charity work that Tom Deierlein started in Iraq continues. Money donated to the Tom Deierlein Foundation is being used to purchase items in bulk for Iraqi children: clothes, shoes, vitamins, toys, soccer balls, school supplies, blankets and other provisions. The items are being shipped to designated U.S. Army soldiers who distribute them in the poorest areas of Baghdad. The charity also is helping to coordinate medical care for injured Iraqi children whenever possible. For more details, visit the foundation’s Web site.

Charity springs from many sources.  For Tom Deierlein, an advertising executive called back to active Army duty after 12 years, it was born from his encounters with Baghdad’s poorest citizens. In this five-part series, we recount one man’s struggle to make a difference amid the chaos of war.
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Impact of Iraq war  
  
Boys play in a pool of water leaking from a broken pipe in Baghdad
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In their shoes
Iraqis try to maintain normalcy in their everyday lives against a backdrop of violence.
Risky job
Aug. 24: Iraqi journalists are vital for Western news outlets, but they face "the most dangerous assignment in the world."
Iraq Children and the Future
Martin von Krogh/WpN
Through the eyes of children
The youngest Iraqis reflect on life in war and share their hopes and aspirations.
Wounded Marine Returns Home to Wed
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Scars from Iraq
Three U.S. soldiers tell how the visible and invisible wounds of war changed their lives and impacted their loved ones.

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