Mom, you know how things are here and even though nothing is easy, I keep fighting and I am doing everything possible to return home.
— Carlos Arellano, in a letter to his mother
Arellano was born in Mexico and came to California as a child. His mother begged him not to go back for a third tour--urging him to lie and say she was ill-- but he told her it was his duty.
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