Army Sgt. Jesse Knott of Oregon City, Ore., took in a stray cat he found wandering a dangerous base in Afghanistan, naming him Koshka, treating his wounds and caring for him for seven months. Knott then found a way to bring the cat home with him. "When two of my friends were killed in a suicide attack, I lost all hope. It was my darkest time, and he's what got me through it. Just the bit of compassion and love that cat showed me is what it took to remind me to stay strong," Knott said.