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A note from a general

RAELYNN RICARTE holds the note she received Oct. 10 from retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who is pictured on the computer monitor in the background. Mattis served as the 11th Commander of the United States Central Command, overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where Ricarte’s son served.

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RAELYNN RICARTE holds the note she received Oct. 10 from retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who is pictured on the computer monitor in the background. Mattis served as the 11th Commander of the United States Central Command, overseeing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where Ricarte’s son served.



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