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By Kery Murakami

When the United States invaded Iraq in 2003, Staff Sgt. Tyson Manker was among the Marines on the front lines.

During the next three and a half years he would face gruesome scenes including dismembered bodies — some of whom he’d killed.

He cleaned up the brains and blood of a friend. He dreamt often of his death. One fateful night changed his life.

While on leave in Twentynine Palms, California, he learned his parents, married for 34 years, were divorcing. He went out drinking with some other Marines, he said, and ended up smoking marijuana to “self-medicate.”

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