Photos: La. vets of Iraq tours

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Douglas Ducote, veteran of two tours in Iraq in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, says if the Obama administration does not move quickly to stop ISIS in its tracks, then the sacrifices of those who died in Iraq may have been in vain.

  • Letitia Signater on May 17, 2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • United State Army PFC Jeff Argrave in Iraqi Freedom.

  • Photo provided by Defense Imagery/SGT Erica Knight -- Tom Phillips, the Deputy Area Commander for Muscatatuck, briefs Maj. Gen. John Basilica, Joint Task Force 51 Commander, and LT. Col. Waymon Storey, Task Force Operations Commander, on the scenerios that have been taking place in the week after the simulated nuclear explosion in Indianapolis during Vibrant Response. They also discussed plans for upcoming training operations and the personnel and transpertation required for making them happen.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Wounded Army veteran Cpl. Jeffrey Argrave, 24, is interviewed by media following a groundbreaking ceremony in the Renaissance subdivision of Prairieville on Aug. 2. The Capital Region Builders Association is partnering with Homes For Our Troops to build a new 2,600 square-foot three bedroom home for Argrave, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.

  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Veteran Jeff Argrave shows the accessibility features in the guest bathroom of his new home, which is being provided by Homes for Our Troops and community donations and volunteer effort.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Retired Maj. Gen. John Basilica is pictured in his office with a map of Baghdad outlining areas where the transfer of authority was made from U.S. forces to Iraqi forces during Basilica's deployment in 2005.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Retired Maj. Gen. John Basilica pictured in his office on Friday in Baton Rouge.

  • Photo provided by John Basilica -- Retired Maj. Gen John Basilica, right, is pictured here with an Iraqi officer during Operation Iraqui Freedom. Basilica is pictured with the rank of Brigadier General.

  • Photo provided by Jeff Argrave -- United State Army PFC Jeff Argrave pictured here in Operation Iraqi Freedom

  • Sadrist officials salute volunteers of the newly formed "Peace Brigades" in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Thousands of Shiite militiamen have paraded in Baghdad and several other cities in southern Iraq with heavy weaponry, signaling their readiness to take on Sunni militants who control a large chunk of the country's north. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)