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Iraq war veteran Eli Goodwin shows where he was wounded as he joined his friends and fellow veterans as they talked about the war in Iraq and their experiences in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division at Njus's home in Bath Township. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
May 18 was like most days for 34-year-old Kimyata “Coop” Cooper Jr. After calling his dad to plan on watching the basketball game later that day, he finished up his work at Salvation Army and headed to the Barberton YMCA to play a game of basketball.