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In this April 24, 2012 image, former Marine Christian Ellis, 29, holds his dog as he stands for a portrait in his apartment in Denver. Ellis has a swash of red ink among his tattoos for every friend and Marine killed in battle or by suicide. The former Marine machine gunner, who has attempted suicide four times, is putting his pain on stage in the first opera believed written about the Iraq War. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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In this April 24, 2012 image, former Marine Christian Ellis, 29, holds his dog as he stands for a portrait in his apartment in Denver. Ellis has a swash of red ink among his tattoos for every friend and Marine killed in battle or by suicide. The former Marine machine gunner, who has attempted suicide four times, is putting his pain on stage in the first opera believed written about the Iraq War. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
In this April 24, 2012 image, former Marine Christian Ellis, 29, holds his dog as he stands for a portrait in his apartment in Denver. Ellis has a swash of red ink among his tattoos for every friend and Marine killed in battle or by suicide. The former Marine machine gunner, who has attempted suicide four times, is putting his pain on stage in the first opera believed written about the Iraq War. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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