Lance Cpl. Michael Retzer who serves in Afghanistan with Bravo Company, 3rd Platoon, finds a way to escape from the harsh realities of his deployment: a good book. He reads to keep up with matters close to his heart, whether it’s a volume on the NAVY Seals, or a pocket-sized devotional book.

Earlier this year Monica Campbell of PRI’s The World was embedded with Marines in Helmand Province and tells the story of their reading habits (in audio and text).

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