Tuesday, September 22, 2015

“Noel Guerrero, 28, served in one of the hardest hit...



"Noel Guerrero, 28, served in one of the hardest hit military units in Afghanistan, the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment. One night last November, Noel — now 28 and living in San Diego — tried take his own life. Manny Bojorquez, a close friend and fellow 2/7 Marine who lives hours away, called the police. He saved Noel's life at the risk of their friendship. @heislerphoto, a @nytimes staff photographer, worked with the reporter Dave Philipps on a report about suicides among the @Marines of the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, which has endured 13 suicides in the unit since 2008. @heislerphoto spent a few days with Noel. "One evening, as we returned from a gathering at his church, he pulled his car into the garage and I noticed a garment bag hanging in the corner," @heislerphoto wrote on the #lensblog. "He unzipped the bag to show me his dress blues, a row of medals pinned across the breast. It's where he keeps his Purple Heart, he said. Tucked away in the garage." #USMC #MarineCorps" By nytimes on Instagram.



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