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Photo Essay: The Story of Scott Ostrom

After serving four years as a reconnaissance man and deploying twice to Iraq, Brian Scott Ostrom, now 27, returned home to the U.S. with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder. “The most important part of my life already happened. The most devastating. The chance to come home in a box. Nothing is ever going to compare to what I’ve done, so I’m struggling to be at peace with that,” Scott said. He attributes his PTSD to his second deployment to Iraq, where he served seven months in Fallujah with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. “It was the most brutal time of my life,” he said. “I didn’t realize it because I was living it. It was a part of me.” Since his discharge, Scott has struggled with daily life, from finding and keeping employment to maintaining healthy relationships. But most of all, he’s struggled to overcome his brutal and haunting memories of Iraq. Nearly five years later, Scott remains conflicted by the war. Though he is proud of his service and cares greatly for his fellow Marines, he still carries guilt for things he did — and didn’t do — fighting a war he no longer believes in.

Warning: This photo essay contains graphic images.

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We do not own any part of this essay, but I felt it important to give you the above links, as my brother is a veteran of Iraq, and I am a veteran of Beirut, and Middle East Peace Keeping Forces. Its important to see what is really going on to the Vets of this country.  Coping with life is difficult enough, but people are afraid of those who are coming back from Iraq, and they deserve better than what they are getting. I have had many people I know, come back not physically disabled, but emotionally disabled, and not dealing well with life, and people.

I love my country, and what it originally stood for, not what it has become. Please look at the above slide show, and video. It will allow you to see a small glimpse into the world Veterans live in.

Gerald Martin