Linnerooth left Iraq in 2007, a few months
short of the end of his 15-month tour. He couldn't take it anymore. He'd heard enough terrible stories. He'd seen
enough dead and dying.
He became a college professor in Minnesota, then counseled vets in California
and Nevada. He'd done much to help the troops, but in his mind, it wasn't enough. He worried about veteran suicides.
He wrote about professional burnout. He grappled with PTSD, depression and anger, his despair spiraling into an overdose.
He divorced and married again. He fought valiantly to get his life in order.
But he couldn't
make it happen.