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Former NFL players help Marines, sailors tackle stress

Skip Hicks (left), a former running back for the Washington Redskins, speaks to a Marine during a "Game Day" event hosted by the Real Warriors Campaign at Camp Pendleton's South Mesa Club, Jan. 15. Former players from the NFL Players Association came to base to discuss common reintegration challenges service members are faced with as well as the tools and resources available to address them.



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This work, Former NFL players help Marines, sailors tackle stress [Image 2 of 3], by Cpl Michelle Brinn, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:01.15.2012

Date Posted:01.17.2012 18:19

Photo ID:510586

VIRIN:120115-M-#####-003

Resolution:3168x4752

Size:5.3 MB

Location:CAMP PENDLETON, CA, USGlobe

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