"Noel Guerrero on a mountain in San Diego at dawn, holding an ammunition box that he keeps there for Marines who want to leave letters or sign their names. Noel, 28, served in one of the hardest hit military units in Afghanistan, the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment. In 2008, the 2/7 deployed to a wild swath of Helmand Province. During eight months of combat, the unit killed hundreds of enemy fighters and suffered more casualties than any other Marine battalion that year. For some of its members, the agonies of war never ended. Of about 1,200 Marines who deployed with the 2/7 in 2008, at least 13 have killed themselves. "You come back and try to be a normal kid, but there is always a shadow on you, a dark shadow you can never take away," Noel said. "Now, when I meet someone, I already know what they look like dead. I can't help but think that way. And I ask myself, 'Do I want to live with this feeling for the rest of my life, or is it better to just finish it off?'" Photo by @heislerphoto." By nytimes on Instagram.
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