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Fighting for country -- and a cure

Army captain Boyd Melson boxes to raise money for spinal cord research

Originally Published: November 8, 2012
By Jonathan Zalman | Special to ESPN.com

At West Point, a patch of the American flag is sewn onto the right sleeve of each cadet's uniform, its stars and stripes a mirror image of its typical depiction, like the other side of a turned page. It's a reminder of the way the flag would look to America's future leaders, as they're deemed at the United States Military Academy, as they march into battle to protect the soil and livelihoods of their countrymen.

Boyd Melson, a 2003 Academy graduate, has another ...

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