In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 photo, Nick Popaditch, a Republican congressional candidate in the California's 53rd District, poses for a photo as he shows the Marine Corps insignia in his right eye in La Mesa, Calif. On April 7, 2004, while serving as a United States Marine in Iraq, Popaditch's tank was struck by an RPG, with shrapnel carving a path through his sinuses and destroying his right eye. His actions earned him a Silver Star and a Purple Heart but cost him his military career. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 photo, Nick Popaditch, a Republican congressional candidate in the California's 53rd District, poses for a photo as he shows the Marine Corps insignia in his right eye in La Mesa, Calif. On April 7, 2004, while serving as a United States Marine in Iraq, Popaditch's tank was struck by an RPG, with shrapnel carving a path through his sinuses and destroying his right eye. His actions earned him a Silver Star and a Purple Heart but cost him his military career. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 photo, Nick Popaditch, a Republican congressional candidate in the California's 53rd District, poses for a photo as he shows the Marine Corps insignia in his right eye in La Mesa, Calif. On April 7, 2004, while serving as a United States Marine in Iraq, Popaditch's tank was struck by an RPG, with shrapnel carving a path through his sinuses and destroying his right eye. His actions earned him a Silver Star and a Purple Heart but cost him his military career. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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