Heroic Iraq vet commits suicide

Associated Press
In this Autumn 2006 photo provided by Brock McNabb, McNabb places a "combat patch" on Pete Linnerooth's uniform at their office in Baghdad, denoting that he had been in-country long enough to earn the badge of honor and is officially a combat veteran. Capt. Linnerooth was an Army psychologist who counseled soldiers during some of the fiercest fighting in Iraq. Hundreds upon hundreds sought his help. For nightmares and insomnia. For shock and grief. And for reaching that point where they just wanted to end it all. Linnerooth did such a good job his Army comrades dubbed him The Wizard. His "magic" was deceptively simple: an instant rapport with soldiers, an empathetic manner, a big heart. (AP Photo/Brock McNabb)

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Heroic Iraq vet, Capt. Peter Linnerooth, who spent years counseling soldiers during the bloodiest stretches of the Iraq war lost his struggle with PTSD and committed suicide on Jan. 2, 2013. He was 42.

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