To the public eye, Clay Hunt was a shining example of a modern war veteran diligently coping with PTSD and the survivor’s guilt he felt over the deaths of his fellow Marines. The 28-year-old former Marine corporal earned a Purple Heart after enemy fire pinned him, a sniper’s bullet missed his head by inches and hit his left wrist, and he watched his fellow Marine bleed out from a throat wound—“a scene,” he said, “that plays on repeat in my head nearly every day, and most nights as well.” He was honorably discharged in 2009, returned home, married and enrolled at Loyola Marymount University. He took up road-biking with wounded veterans and was even selected for a public service announcement reminding veterans that they aren’t alone. But soon his marriage dissolved, he dropped out of school and on March 31st, he bolted himself in his Houston apartment and shot himself, a grim reminder of the invisible wounds a generation of Americans are returning home with. Hunt also lobbied for veterans on Capitol Hill. Is enough being done to support returning veterans and what will the wars’ impact be on their generation?
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