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Talk about coming full circle -- meet the military veterans who were deployed shortly after 9/11, and who returned home to help build the new World Trade Center.

Says one vet:

It's never going to be what it was, with the two towers, but once these are all done, you're going to feel a sense of closure.

Very, very cool.

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The band Count was shooting a music video in L.A. recently when an old man named Daryl became quite taken with lead singer Gabbi McPhee -- he proposed on the spot.

Gabbi declined his offer, but to soften the blow of rejection, she and her bandmates performed for him an acoustic cover of Whitney Houston's "I Want To Dance With Somebody."

Daryl was moved to tears. You will be, too.

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Welcome Home Blog, the original home of many a Heartwarming Tearjerker, has turned the best surprise military homecomings from the past several months into a compilation worthy of Independence Day.

OMG TISSUES.

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These 10 moments have been helpfully compiled to restore your faith in humanity. Just in case you'd lost it.

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After four rounds of chemotherapy to treat his Hodgkin's lymphoma, a nervous Jake Bouma and his wife meet his oncologist for the latest test results. This one ends in a puddle of good tears.

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Seven-year-old Charlotte Neve suffered a brain hemorrhage in April, and two operations to stop the bleeding had left her in a coma from which she wasn't expected to recover.

But when Charlotte's mom climbed into bed with her for a final goodbye cuddle, Adele's ''Rolling in the Deep'' came on the radio, and Leila Neve "started singing it to her because she loves her and we used to sing that song together."

Miraculously, Charlotte started smiling.

"I couldn't believe it," Neve says. "It was the first time she had reacted to anything since the hemorrhage. The nurses were astounded and told me to keep singing, and she smiled again."

Two days later, Charlotte was speaking. Now, two months later, she's back in school.

"How she's still here is beyond everybody," Neve says. "She was very lucky to survive."

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Neo Huxtable at Mused is a gay man who wants to be a father. Just in time for Father's Day, he penned a letter to his future kid:

Dear future son (or daughter), It's your dad. I can't wait to meet you! There's so much I want to do with you. I'm looking forward to the day when I can let go of your bicycle and watch you ride; to our regular Friday-after-school routine, when we stop at Baskin-Robbins to get some ice cream; to holding you tighter than the time before as you sleep serenely on my chest. I hope that you look like me, so everyone will look at you and say "you are your daddy's child!" I hope you inherit some of my mannerisms, like cracking your knuckles when you get nervous and not being able to hide your facial expressions. But there's one experience of mine I hope we never have to share. As Father's Day approaches, I'm reminded of how I seem to have disappointed my dad (and your grandpa) over the years; I was average, at best, to him. I wasn't very athletic, I wasn't very popular, and I wasn't very into girls. Never was. And, to his dismay, I never would be. When I told him I was gay, I distinctly remember his reaction. Dripping with sarcasm, he said, "Shocker! Anything else?" I didn't know whether to feel relieved because he seemed to have known long before I told him, or feel like even more of a failure because I hadn't met my dad's expectations for me yet again. He's since come to terms with it and accepted it, but we'd never talk about it again until you're born. That's when he'll tell me, for the first time in my life, that he's proud of me. Baby boy, I want to you to be whoever it is you want to be; whether you like women, men, both or neither. I hope that you are able to do so with no fear of anyone judging you or hurting you just because you're "different." And that goes beyond your sexual preference. You could be a hippie or a businessman, a jock or a cheerleader, the class valedictorian or the class clown; be you, and no one else. Though you won't really understand until some of your classmates tell you otherwise, your family is not the traditional American one. No, kiddo, you'll have two daddies; two daddies who love you just as much as your friends' mommies and daddies do, but two daddies nonetheless. You'll get a lot of strange looks when we pick you up from school, and you'll hear a lot of whispering behind you when we go out to dinner together – trust me, your daddies are used to it. I'm not going to tell you to ignore it, because contrary to the popular adage, words can hurt more than sticks and stones. What I will tell you, though, is that I will never let you lose sight of the higher road; that those stares and whispers are trivial and not at all directed to you; that if you see daddy step outside of himself to put some ignorant people in their places, to do as I say and not as I do! The good news is people like that are becoming less and less common. Soon, there will be a new "normal," where people won't care about what's going on outside of their own bedrooms and households. You'll be in a world where society won't hold you to some unfounded, unrealistic expectations. You'll be able to jump in the bed between your other daddy and me and we won't be scared that you'll ask which one of us is "the woman." Soon, kiddo. I look forward to that day. Love, (Your future) Dad

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Peggy Leg(!) the chihuahua was born without a foot, and was destined to have her leg amputated because its weight put so much pressure on her spine.

Instead, Peggy Leg soon will be the "world's smallest bionic pet" -- she'll be fitted with a titanium prosthetic foot by researchers at North Carolina State University, who are doing research on artificial limbs that they hope someday to use on humans.

"They were looking for just the right small dog to do this titanium implant," said Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue's Mary Jewell, who adopted the pooch when she was five months old. "When we were told about this program it was unbelievable. It was like, 'Oh my gosh, she is going to be a bionic dog with a bionic leg.'"

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Just when you think all hope is lost, two dogs are rescued from a burning house and miraculously revived.

The clip is from BURN, a film about the firefighters who work to save Detroit from itself. The project won this year's Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for documentary filmmaking.

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My Little Pony voice actress Tara Strong was scheduled to appear at the upcoming Knoxville Comic and Anime Show, and 15-year-old mentally disabled brony Dragon and his mom, Rebecca Andrews, were looking forward to meeting her.

Then Strong canceled.

Andrews knew her son would be devastated, and she said as much on the convention's Facebook page: "Thanks for posting. Just wish she'd cancelled before I paid for the vip pass. Now I have to figure out how to tell my disabled son he won't be meeting Twilight. :("

But Strong saw the post, called Andrews, and set up a phone call with Dragon.

Tara: Is this Dragon? Dragon: ...yes. Tara: Do you know who this is? Dragon: Yes, it's Twilight Sparkle. Dragon: Tara, you are so talented with all those voices you do. Tara: Yes, yes I am, aren't I? Tara: (in Twilight's voice) I love you, Dragon. Dragon: (stunned, muttering) ...love you, too, Twilight.

After the call, Andrews snapped a pic of Dragon's expression and posted it to Facebook.

"She talked to him for about 20 minutes in all," Andrews wrote. "[She] did every voice he asked her to do, talked a little to him about how to deal with bullies at school, and assured him that there is going to be a season 3 of My Little Pony." 

Dragon starts high school in the fall. He recently was switched to special needs classes so he won't be subjected to bullying for liking My Little Pony.

"It's still rather hard to believe this actually happened," Andrews said, "even with Dragon piping up every once in a while, 'Twilight Sparkle said she loved me.'"

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In a story that reminds us how the powers of the Internet can be used for good, a Tennessee woman turned to Facebook last week to save a dog's life.

Beth-Andy Kohn Gresham was on a work break in Memphis on Friday when she noticed a nearby dog with its head stuck in a jar. "[I] got within 15-20 feet and it raised its head but went into the woods," she said.

Luckily, Gresham had just enough time to snap this pic, which she promptly posted to Facebook. By the next day, the photo boasted more than 300 comments and had inspired a dozen would-be rescuers.

After a Saturday of searching in woods where "you sink to your ankles" and that were thick with briars, brush, and "other obstacles," Gresham said, she and her team finally located the dog and used container cutters to set him free.

Gresham posted a video of the dog -- called Miracle -- to Facebook today: "Thanks everyone. Miracle is worth it !!! She is just precious. Was able to visit with her at the vets office yesterday"

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Senait's family came to the U.S. from Eritrea, Africa, in 1993. Watch as she finds out that she'll be the first in her family to attend college.

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Matt W. has spastic cerebral palsy, which means his mobility is severely limited. But Matt was determined to run in his Ohio elementary school's Field Day race, so his best friend, the gym teacher Mr. Blaine, led Matt's classmates in a spontaneous show of support.

OMG TISSUES.

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Four-year-old comic book fan Anthony Smith is deaf in his right ear and has hearing damage in his left. He also refused to wear his hearing aid (which he calls "Blue Ear" because it is blue), because "superheroes don't wear hearing aids." So in a long-shot attempt to help her son, Anthony's mom emailed Marvel for ideas.

"She didn't know a specific person to write to here at Marvel, and even figured it might get caught in our spam filters, but she sent it in anyway, because that's the kind of great parent Christina is," said Marvel editor Bill Rosemann. "And it was her inspiring effort to help her son that touched so many of us here. As a fellow parent of a toddler, I can understand where she's coming from, so I forwarded the email around the rest of Editorial, asking what we could do to help, and like when Cap yells, 'Avengers Assemble,' the gang leapt into action."

Not only did Anthony receive an image of the superhero Hawkeye, who lost 80 percent of his hearing back in the '80s and wore hearing aids -- Anthony also received a drawing, by Nelson Ribeiro in Collected Editions, of a brand-new superhero: "Blue Ear."

Now, with his hearing aid back in, Anthony is able to "fight battles and help people." His preschool, for hearing-impaired kids, recently hosted a superhero week to inspire the students to overcome their limitations.

DON'T miss the video. It's the best thing you'll see all day.

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Meet Ramen Noodle, a teacup poodle puppy who's managed to thrive despite losing his front legs, and who is the subject of a new photo series by famed animal photographer Carli Davidson, known for past series Shake, Fetch, and Pets With Disabilities.

He was probably a mill puppy, inbred to achieve his tiny size. When he was 8 months old, his first owner brought him to the vet, with a broken arm. Unfortunately, the owner did not properly care for his injury, she didn't come back to get the cast checked until nine weeks later. At that point, to no one's surprise, the arm was nearly eaten away by gangrene. By then, Ramen Noodle was listless and refused food. It was a wonder he survived.

Jaime Salata Van Tassel, his clinic caretaker, ended up adopting him. But Ramen Noodle's struggles weren't over.

A second injury cost Ramen his other front leg; this time he jumped of a chair and broke the bone. Again, one of the effects of interbreeding dogs for small size is weak bone, so his single teacup poodle arm broke so badly it could not be mended. While Jaime was devastated, Ramen surprised everyone and bounced back.

"Ramen gets around the house on his hind legs," Jaime says. "I've watched him run at full-speed for toys, and to play with other dogs, he is essentially unrestricted despite his lack of front arms. ... it's like it never happened."

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The sheer cliffs at the mouth of Sydney Harbor have long been a popular Australian suicide spot. But they're about to get a lot more deadly -- the local man who is credited with talking at least 160 people out of killing themselves since 1964 died this week.

Window-watcher Don Ritchie, known as the Angel of the Gap, could spot the troubled ones from his home across the street; he'd wander down to the cliff-edge and calmly ask, "Can I help you in some way?" More often then not, he could. He'd chat with them a bit, then invite them back to his place for a cup of tea.

"My ambition has always been to just get them away from the edge, to buy them time, to give them the opportunity to reflect and give them the chance to realize that things might look better the next morning," Ritchie once said. "You just can't sit there and watch them. You've got to try and save them."

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