Richard Gilbert, 28, served as a Marine Corps scout sniper in Iraq. During a firefight there, he was badly injured: He punctured his stomach, busted his knee, sprained his neck, and slipped two discs in his spine. He spent months in the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton recovering from those wounds.
But the injuries that trouble him most today are invisible. While at Camp Pendleton, Gilbert was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury. Years later, he’s still learning to live with those conditions.
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Editor’s note (July 11, 2013): An earlier version of this story included an erroneous photographer credit. The story has been updated.