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A Puerto Rican girl carries a sign that says "My father is in Iraq defending federal welfare," during a U.S. Indenpendence Day parade on July 4, 2003 in San Juan in the United States territory of Puerto Rico. Residents of the island depend economically on the island?s unusual relationship with the United States. About 60% of the residents of the island are eligible for federal welfare. Over 10,000 Puerto Ricans serve in the U.S. military.