11/12/2012 12:15 pm ET

In Iraq, A Mom Marine's Urge To Serve

"You’re not Marine Corps material -- you won’t make it.”

That was Tawanda Hanible’s brother, Lindell, running down the sister who had always shown him up in school. Lindell was two years older and already a Marine. He told “Tee,” as she was called, “you’re too girly.” He forgot that she was also stubborn as a fence post.

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