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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - Page updated at 02:02 a.m.

War claims the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops
A memorial to the members of the U.S. military who have died in the four years of the Iraq conflict, including a closer look at those with Washington ties. More »

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A look at some of the many Northwest lives touched by the conflict

Terry Harder, 55, Tacoma

Pro-troops activist and salesman for Office Depot

Sandy Bonvouloir, 50, Olympia

Elementary-school counselor

Rabab Al-Ali, 19

Everett Community College student. Her family came from Iraq and owns a small grocery store in Everett.

Jared Santos, 17, Bellingham

Sehome High School student, standing at the cemetery where his brother, who was killed in Iraq, is buried.

Bill Kuhns, 62, Seattle

Nathan Hale High School art photography teacher


The Powells

In May, Blaine plans to drive his brother from their home in Vancouver to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Seattle for Brandon's annual weeklong checkup. Meanwhile, although there is no proven cure for quadriplegia, both brothers search the Internet for potential treatments as far away as China.



Muhammed Hussein, the 4-year-old from Iraq who came to Seattle last May for surgery after being shot in the face by Sunni militants, is still waiting. The first of a several surgeries to reconstruct the little boy's face was to begin in March but had to be rescheduled until May when Hamoody, as he is known, came down with a sore throat.