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The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea. There are 18 Veterans among the 74 athletes representing Team USA at the Games, including eight Marines, seven Army Veterans, two Navy and one Air Force Veteran. Veterans Affairs supports many of them through the Veterans Monthly Assistance Allowance, which provides a monthly stipend for disabled Veterans training in Paralympic sports. Many of these Veterans have participated in VA’s national rehabilitation events managed by the Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. Here’s a look at the Marine and Navy vets representing the United States at the games.

Dan Cnossen, Navy, Nordic skiing Two-time Paralympian

Former Navy SEAL and graduate of the US Naval Academy Dan Cnossen graduated from the Naval Academy in 2002 and served until 2009. While platoon commander for SEAL Team One in Afghanistan, he stepped on an IED and lost both of his legs above the knee. Dan rehabilitated at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and later at Walter Reed National Military Center where he learned to walk again with prosthetic legs.

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he Terminal List� is a debut thriller by Jack Carr. What makes this book special is that Carr uses his experiences as a SEAL to write a realistic, action-packed story. It takes readers to a time when rules of engagement had the Special Forces acting as cowboys, where they took out the enemy up close and personal as well as from afar with sniper fire. Carr served for more than 20 years with an expertise in communications/intelligence, to leading assault/sniper teams and to practicing counterinsurgency. He uses all this in the story when his hero, Lt. Cmdr. James Reece, seeks revenge after losing almost all his men in an Afghanistan ambush killing 36 SEALs, 28 Rangers and four aircrew members in his unit as well as his wife and child. After finding out that the murders were perpetrated by high-level rogue government and military officials, he creates a list of 12 who must die. Reece has no regrets since he believes he is dying from a terminal brain tumor because the government decided to use his unit for experimentation of a drug that would be used for those with PTSD. Readers will be reminded of Vince Flynn’s books “Term Limits� and “Consent to Kill.� Carefully plotting these assassinations Reece is determined to see that justice is served. Elise Cooper: I assume Jack Carr is not your real name? Jack Carr: Yes. I remember meeting Lee Child and he told me I needed a pen name. Child noticed that there were a lot of bestselling authors like Clancy, Creighton and Clark, who all had a last name that begins

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Former SEAL Jack Carr served for more than 20 years and says, “All of the emotions, flashbacks and remembrances I felt over the last 20 years were placed on the protagonist� of his new novel.

with C. Since Child is so successful, it was pretty good advice. I wrote out three pages of names and ended up with the name of Jack Carr. EC: Can you tell a little about your experiences? JC: I enlisted and became a SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence. Then as a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a special operations task unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. forces. I retired

from active duty in 2016. EC: Did you use your personal experiences in this story? JC: I was lucky to combine two professions I always dreamed of since the age of 7. I took my experiences of studying warfare and the real world and applied it to this story about revenge. I based it on the Samurai warrior mentality that understood they might die while going into warfare. All of the emotions, flashbacks and remembrances I felt over the last 20 years were placed on the protagonist. EC: Do you think the story is realistic? JC: Yes. In the 1970s Sen. Church had hearings on experiments done to people in NOVEL, continued on Page 12




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TAKE A LIFE TRIP ON ‘THE LEISURE SEEKER’ Mirren and Sutherland brilliant in poignant film By Jeri Jacquin MilitaryPress

In theaters from director Paolo Virzi and Sony Picture Classics is a film about the journeys we sometimes need to take to appreciate life with “The Leisure Seeker.� Stopping to check on her parents, Jane Spencer (Janel Moloney) discovers they are not at home. Calling brother Will (Christian McKay), it becomes quickly clear that not only are the folks gone — but so is their motor home, called The Leisure Seeker. Family friend Lillian (Dana Ivey) is in a panic wanting them to be found quickly. But Ella Spencer (Helen Mirren) and husband John (Donald Sutherland) are focusing on their trip. Making one stop to call home to reassure them that everything is fine, Ella does her best to explain that they just want a few days for themselves. Ella is the commander-in-chief of the road trip, and it is clear that something is wrong with John. Once a college professor, he now has moments of forgetfulness and random walks that keep her on high alert. Yet, down the road they go, remem-

bering their lives together. Stopping at campgrounds, they spend evenings with one another and even unexpected events on the road are hilarious. But, with all trips down memory lane, each of us remembers things differently, and Ella learns that perhaps some memories are best left unspoken. Mirren as Ella is a woman with the patience of a saint. As Ella and John reminisce about their lives, she is clearly happy with the journey they shared together. That’s not to say there aren’t times of frustration, but their memories and joys are solid in her heart. Mirren is such a fantastic actress, and watching her bring this character such depth and emotion smack forward is a privilege to watch. Sutherland as John is a man who has lived in a world of knowledge that world changes daily. The trip with Ella brings back the memories of their own children growing up and the many students he taught. Feeling that things are slowly becoming out of his control, it takes one sentence to bring out a secret that could fracture them. I love Sutherland’s humor mixed with the snide one-liners from Mirren. It is a dance they do with such finesse. Moloney as Jane starts off worrying, but slowly listens to her mother Ella say they need time together. Backing off, she tries to convince Will to let them have some

Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren play a couple taking a trip almost down memory lane in “The Leisure Seeker.�

time. McKay as Will isn’t as thrilled about the road trip as his sister. Ivey as Lillian has been a friend of the family since their younger years. She believes the trip is insane as well! “The Leisure Seeker� is a film that touches every fiber of a human being. The connection for each of us is that this could quite easily be the story of our own parents. For the parents, it could easily be the story of trying to make life easier

for their children. These two elderly parents want to hit the road and feel the wind on their faces. They want to remember the good that has been their lives and come to terms with the not so good moments. Sutherland and Mirren are perfection, forcing me to stop and truly listen to the color of their moments. This film will break hearts because we LEISURE SEEKER, continued on Page 12

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ith NFL Free Agency set to beginning this week, the Chargers will have to make a decision on 24 players whose contracts will expire. Here is a list of the team’s pending free agents (Per Ricky Henne/ and the salaries they made in 2017 according to Spotrac. The names printed in bold are the players I believe the Chargers will try to resign. Remember, a roster make over is not needed, the Chargers were just one reliable kicker away from winning the AFC West and making a serious playoff run last season. Unrestricted Free Agents (14): Unrestricted Free Agents have completed four or more accrued seasons. An Unrestricted Free Agent is free to sign with any club with no draft choice compensation owed to his old club. Jerry Attaochu, 25, DE – ($1,050,775). 2017— Recorded just seven tackles in four games. A former second-round pick in 2014, the oft-injured Attaochu has just 83 total tackles, 10 sacks, 2 pass defensed and 2 forced fumbles in four years in the NFL. Tre Boston, 25, S – ($900,000). 2017 — After earning the starting free safety spot in the preseason, Boston started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in. He became an instant leader in the secondary, finishing the season with a team-high five interceptions while totaling 79 tackles and eight passes defensed (each number was a career-high). Having proved his value both on/off the field, Boston should be re-signed to a multi-year deal rather than the one-year deal he signed prior to last season. Spotrac ran Boston’s stats and compared it to other free safeties with similar numbers to estimate his Fair Market

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Re-signing safety Tre Boston could be a priority for the Chargers.

Value — Projection: 5-year contract for $41,057.800 with an average salary of $8,211,560. TE Jeff Cumberland, 30 – ($775,000). 2017 — Signed as a free agent in 2016, Cumberland finally made his way on the field and caught both passes thrown to him. Spent his first season with the Chargers on ‘Reserved-Injured’ due to an Achilles injury he suffered in the second preseason game. Kellen Clemens, 34, QB – ($900,000). 2017 — Although he is not the future quarterback of the Bolts, Clemens provides a trusted confidant to Philip Rivers. Unless the Chargers find a reliable veteran backup at a cheaper price, Clemens will likely be brought back for one more year while the team selects its future QB in the upcoming NFL Draft. Antonio Gates, 37, TE – ($5,500,000). 2017 — After setting the all-time record for touchdown receptions for a tight end

in NFL history, Gates is likely a first-bal- signings days before the season opener, lot Hall of Famer. He finished the year Schofield played in 15 games, including with 30 receptions for 316 yards and five starts at right tackle for an injured three touchdowns — his lowest produc- Joe Barksdale. Like Palepoi, Schofield could also benefit if the Chargers decide tion since his rookie year in 2003. Chris Hairston, 28, OT – to let the high-priced Barksdale go after ($1,450,000). 2017 — Despite landing June 1 as well. Matt Slauson, 32, C/G – ($2,000,000). on the ‘Reserve/Non-Football Illness’ list early in the season, I would expect 2017 — Lost for the season after sufHairston to resign with the Chargers be- fering a torn biceps injury against the cause of his versatility as a swing tackle. Broncos in Week 7, Slauson, a team capNick Novak, 36, K – ($900,000). tain on offense, could also become a cap 2017 — Although he solidified the woe- casualty come June 1. Korey Toomer, 29, LB – ful kicking position when he returned to the Chargers for the third time begin- ($1,797,000). 2017 — Although he ning in week 5, the Chargers will not didn’t match his tackling total of 69 in bring him back if a reliable kicker can be his first year as a Chargers in 2016, he appeared in 15 games with eight starts, found in the draft or free agency. Michael Ola, 29, OT – ($690,000). totaling 48 tackles, three passes de2017 — Brought in to add depth to the fensed and two forced fumbles. He also offensive line which suffered a slew of recorded the first pick-six of his fourinjuries, the Chargers will likely move year NFL career. With Denzel Perryman and Jatavis Brown missing games on from Ola in 2018. Brandon Oliver, 26, RB – ($800,000). because of injury, Toomer’s impressive 2017 — Appearing in eight games, Oli- play has proven he deserves to be rever finished the season with 83 rush- signed to a multi-year deal. Kenny Wiggins, 29, OG – ing yards and 26 receiving yards. With an Achilles injury costing him the 2016 ($865,000). 2017 — Wiggins was one season and missing half the 2015 season of two linemen to start all 16 games of because of a toe injury, Oliver likely seen the season along the offensive line for the first time in his eight-year NFL is last days as a Charger. Tenny Palepoi, 27, DT – ($615,000). career. Playing with an attitude and 2017 — An unheralded lineman who meanstreak that most successful linesigned as an undrafted free agent in men possess, he will likely be re-signed 2014, Palepoi had his best year as a pro with a significant bump in salary. Wigwhile establishing career-highs with 24 gins played a major role to help anchor tackles and one sack while appearing in an O-Line that gave up the fewest sacks 15 games last season. With his lower sal- in the NFL (18). Restricted Free Agents are players ary, Palepoi could be the beneficiary in both playing time and salary if the team with three accrued seasons. A Redecides to cut or renegotiate the salaries stricted Free Agent may receive a qualiof starting defensive tackles Corey Lu- fying offer from their previous team, which is a salary tender predetermined igit and Brandon Mebane after June 1. Michael Schofield, 27, OT – FREE AGENTS, continued on Page 12 ($694,000). 2017 — One of the best XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN

FIRST FEMALE MARINE STUDENTS ARRIVE AT SOI-WEST By Cpl. Andre Heath Marine Corps Installations West


he first female Marine students arrived at School of InfantryWest to begin the first phase of Marine Combat Training on Camp Pendleton on March 6. This marks the first male-female integrated Marine Combat Training Company on the West Coast. “It is important, one team one fight, at the end of the day it’s to show the Marine Corps can produce [Marines] regardless of gender and complete any mission,� said Sgt. Ambar Gonzalez, a combat instructor with Lima Company, SOI-West. Prior to the West Coast’s integration, female Marines attended MCT training exclusively at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, remains the only depot available for females to attend basic training. “The Marine Corps has trained all entrylevel female Marines, both boot camp at Parris Island and Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.� said Lt. Col. Dennis L. Hager II, Headquarter and Support Battalion commander. “Starting today, we took 40 of the women from the

U.S. Marine Pfc. Kira Kozik, the first female Marine student to check in to School of Infantry – West, stands in line to turn in her medical records on Camp Pendleton on March 6. | Photo by Pfc. Kerstin Roberts

western regional recruiting offices, and brought them here to Camp Pendleton.� An additional benefit of the integration is providing families from the West Coast opportunity to see their Marines graduate. “If families had wanted to observe their daughter from boot camp, or any entry


level training school they would have to travel across the country,� Hager said. “These students are going to have the unique ability to have their families observe their graduation from MCT, from the local area where they came from.� Marine Combat Training consists of a

29-day course where entry-level Marines in non-infantry related Military Occupational Specialties are taught the basic skills needed to function in a combat environment. Upon completion of MCT, every Marine will have the knowledge and ability to deploy and operate as a basic rifleman.

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Ralph DeQuebec, Marine Corps, sled hockey

Josh Elliott, Marine Corps, Alpine skiing

First-time Paralympian

First-time Paralympian

Served as an explosive ordinance disposal technician with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, including two tours in Afghanistan and one tour in Iraq Ralph DeQuebec was injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. This resulted in bilateral above the knee amputations for the Marine Corps soldier. He is the recipient of a Purple Heart.

Josh Elliot joined the Marine Corps in 2002 as a combat engineer. He stepped on an improvised explosive device in 2011 on a routine patrol in Afghanistan. This incident resulted in both of his legs being amputated and losing three fingers. He recovered at Walter Reed and the Navy Medical in San Diego. Josh started monoskiing with Disabled Sports USA, which helps wounded warriors participate in adaptive sports, in 2011.

Travis Dodson, Marine Corps, sled hockey

Kevin Burton, Navy, Alpine skiing

Two-time Paralympian

Two-time Paralympian

Travis Dodson, a Marine, was struck by a grenade tossed into his room where he was staying in Iraq in February 2007. He lost his left leg and the hip and right leg below the knee. For his service, Dodson received a Purple Heart. While a student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he became involved with several adaptive sports, including sled hockey. He competed in Nordic skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Kevin Burton served in the Navy from 2002 until 2011. He medically retired three years after being diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa. In 2014, he competed in Nordic Skiing in the Winter Paralympics. Kevin credits the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, VA and Ignite Adaptive Sports at Eldora for supporting him in the beginning and as his skiing career progressed.

Luke McDermott, Marine Corps, sled hockey

James “Jimmy� Sides, Marine Corps, Snowboarding

First-time Paralymian

First-time Paralympian

Luke McDermott was injured by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan in June 2010 with the 1st Battalion 6th Marines. He began his sled hockey career while being rehabilitated at the Center for the Intrepid when his physical therapist asked if he would be interested in playing. He made his U.S. national team debut in 2015.

Injured in Afghanistan in 2012, and began Paralympic-level training in 2015 Jimmy Sides served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the Marine Corps. He was trying to disarm an IED in Afghanistan when it exploded. This resulted in losing sight in his left eye and the amputation of his lower right arm.

Josh Misiewicz, Marine Corps, sled hockey

Michael Spivey, Marine Corps, Snowboarding

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First-time Paralympian

First-time Paralympian

While serving in Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion 5th Marines, Josh Misiewicz was injured by an IED resulting in a double above-knee amputation. He was introduced to sled hockey by a friend that plays for the USA Warriors Sled Hockey Team and ended up making the team, playing three seasons with the Warriors.

Michael Spivey served in the Marine Corps as a combat engineer and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010. While in Afghanistan in December 2010, he was injured by an IED. Michael did his rehabilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he was encouraged to participate in sports as part of his recovery. He began snowboarding in 2014. XXXNJMJUBSZQSFTTDPNtOFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTTDPN

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the military. For example, they put Navy divers down at a certain depth for a certain amount of time. If they had issues they would reduce the time. These guys were used as guinea pigs. I molded much of this information into a fictional story. It is also based on Vince Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Term Limitsâ&#x20AC;? in that in both stories by killing the bad guys justice was served so there were no regrets. This is why I put in the book quote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killing was not so much about taking a life, it was about sustaining life: the lives of your countrymen, your unit, your family, yourself.â&#x20AC;? I personally sleep very well at night regarding my decisions. EC: How would you compare yourself to Reece? JC: I am not as good, smart or as athletic as Reece is. I certainly did not want President Donald Trump speaks at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on March 13. After touring border wall prototypes during the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip to San Diego, he spoke to make him a superhero or a caricature to service members and guests. | U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tia Dufour of what a SEAL should be. I hope he would be somebody readers would want free agent from the New Orleans Saints, season in yards after catch (8.0), while to sit down with and have a beer. He is FREE AGENTS scoring multiple touchdowns over 75 he spent his 14 games with the Chargers based on my past, although he knew Continued from Page 4 on the practice squad. Expect McCain to yards. Williams will get a significant salmore about explosives than I do. EC: It was interesting how you put by the Collective Bargaining Agreement sign a multi-year deal for a significant in- ary increase whether he re-signs with readers into the decision-making process. between the league and its players. If crease in salary to stay with the Chargers. the Chargers or goes elsewhere. Exclusive Rights Free Agents (1). Sean McGrath, 30, TE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ($615,000). JC: Because not everyone is directly the Restricted Free Agent signs an oftouched by someone serving as with the fer sheet with a new club, his old club 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tough, hard-nosed veteran tight Exclusive Rights Free Agents are playworld wars, I wanted to write about it. can match the offer and retain him be- end will likely be re-signed to help re- ers with two years of NFL experience. There are so many contingencies that cause the qualifying offer entitles it to a store the running game. Known for his If their team tenders them with a qualicould happen in a mission. These inâ&#x20AC;&#x153;right of first refusalâ&#x20AC;? on any offer sheet blocking prowess, McGrathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to fying offer, the Exclusive Rights Free clude getting hit by an IED to getting a the player signs. If the old club does get down and dirty in the trenches in Agent is not eligible to sign with any flat tire, having a helicopter go down or not match the offer, it may receive draft addition to his pass catching abilities other team. Kaleb Eulls, 26, DT â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ($525,000). not working after landing. choice compensation depending on the makes him a valuable asset to the offense â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially if the team doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Eulls missed the entire season We had to think about what could amount of its qualifying offer. after suffering an injury during the prehappen getting to the target, during Isaiah Burse, 26, WR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ($615,000). bring Gates back into the fold. Adrian Phillips, 25, S â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ($690,000). season. He finished the 2016 season on the mission, and afterward. After get2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Missed entire season following ting back we did an after-action review, an injury he suffered in the preseason 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The versatile Phillips set career- the Chargersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; active roster. The Endzone: In an article dated where everyone gets in a room together and being waived-injured during fi- highs in tackles (63), passes defensed to consider what went right, wrong and nal roster cuts. 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Appeared in (five) and interceptions (two) while see- March 2, Staff Analyst Adam Thomphow to improve for the next time. nine games mainly on special teams as ing action in 15 games as both a safety son (Sportsline) believes Tre Boston is EC: You also comment on the profesthe kick/punt returner. Burse could be and linebacker in certain packages. the free agent from the Chargers likely sional versus the career brought back on a salary-friendly con- Phillips should get a salary increase if he to sign with another team. Said Thompson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boston started all 16 games and re-signs with the Chargers. JC: I have pretty strong opinions about tract as a special teams playmaker. Andre Williams, 25, RB â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ($690,000). intercepted five passes with 79 total it. From colonels on up they no longer Asante Cleveland, 25, TE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ($). 2017 lead their guys into combat and are not â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Missed all last season after being 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mainly a special teams player, a tackles. Re-signing him will be an offon the front lines. Those in combat are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;waived-injuredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; after sustaining an in- wrist injury forced Williams to finish the season goal for the Chargers.â&#x20AC;? Here is the enlisted and the junior officers. I nevjury early in camp. 2016 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Appeared in season on IR (injured reserve). He had the latest first-round mock drafts for er wanted to be a career guy who turns four games for the Chargers after being nine carries for 25 yards during the season. the Chargers from the analysts at the Tyrell Williams, 26, WR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NFL Network â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charley Casserly: into a political animal. All my characters claimed off waivers from New England ($525,000). 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Although he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama; Daniel are inspired by real people. I took people in 2015. from my past and amplified their traits. Geremy Davis, 26, WR â&#x20AC;&#x201C; match last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers, he still fin- Jeremiah: Derwin James, S, Florida EC: Why did you write this story? ($615,000). 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Split time between ished the season with 43 catches for 728 St.; Bucky Brooks: Vita Vea, DT, WashJC: The book was essentially written the practice squad and the active roster yards and four touchdowns, averaging ington; Charles Davis: Derwin James, for me. It was very therapeutic. I revisafter he finished the preseason tied for 16.9 yards per catch. Signed as an un- S, Florida St.; Lance Zierlein: Daâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Ron ited what was important to me over the second with nine catches for 68 yards. drafted free agent in 2015, the three- Payne, DT, Alabama and Chad Reuter: last 20 years including emotionally, straThe 6-3, 217-pound Davis will likely be year veteran led all NFL receivers last Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. tegically and tactically. I combined them back to compete for a roster spot. into a fictional thriller hoping to make Nick Dzubnar, 26, LB â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ($615,000). the weapons and the people authentic. 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; After leading the league with 21 LEISURE SEEKER It was me pouring out my passions and special teams tackles in addition to his Continued from Page 3 emotions. It also helped that my friend 21 tackles on defense, Dzubnar deserves partnered with me to write this story. a salary increase and multi-year conare witnessing the story of a couple who love when things go a little wrong. This EC: Can you give a heads up about tract as he enters his fourth year in the has seen so much in their lives. Clearly, is a story that I will truly carry with me your next book? NFL. Dzubnar entered the NFL in 2015 they both have medical issues, and yet for a long time to come. JC: It explores friendship, loyalty and as a non-drafted free agent from Cal PoIn the end â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a once in a lifetime in the midst of that, there is humor lies over time. Reece will be going interly-San Louis Obispo. that can only be portrayed by these two road trip they will never forget! national. It is based on my experience in Chris McCain, 26, DE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ($615,000). amazing actors. Iraq when someone who was helping U.S. 2017 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Set career-highs with 20 tackI love that the music of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Leisure Jeri Jacquin is the Movie Maven. For more on forces just disappeared. 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