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Military gift of hope for hardscrabble town

Matt Nichol, 38, shows scars from back surgery and the electroshock device used to aleve his back pain, July 19, 2016. Nichol has ruptured discs from years of farm work and hard labor. He and his girlfriend Rachel Miller are both on disability, and live in a small one bedroom apartment in Cortland, N.Y. Nearly one in three residents of Cortland are at or below the poverty line. Nichol and Miller attended the Healthy Cortland Innovative Readiness Training event aimed at Cortland residents, which included military service members providing no cost medical, dental, optometry, and veterinary care. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released)

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