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Reservist is both teacher, student in Afghan war zone

Ana Vongphakdy holds a photo of her with her husband, Air Force Master Sergeant Bobby Vongphakdy, as their daughter, Kayla crawls up the stairs behind her at their Lynn home. Ana Vongphakdy holds a photo of her with her husband, Air Force Master Sergeant Bobby Vongphakdy, as their daughter, Kayla crawls up the stairs behind her at their Lynn home. (Maisie Crow for The Boston Globe)
By James F. Smith
Globe Staff / September 8, 2009

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Bobby Vongphakdy never forgot that his father had to drop out of high school in his native Laos because of the brutal war that engulfed the Southeast Asian country in the 1970s. After the communist takeover there, the family escaped to a new life in suburban Boston where the elder Vongphakdy took a job as a janitor in a Dunkin’ ... (Full article: 1215 words)

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