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Kazbek Shamael Air Force

Photo of Kazbek Shamael.

"When you're in the military you can relate to other people, but once you get out as a civilian those problems don't go away, they still kind of linger."

Reared in a strong military family, 25-year-old New Jersey native Kazbek Shamael enlisted in the Air Force in 2006 and served in Iraq. Kaz was responsible for inspecting and protecting country nationalists hired to build Army facilities. Now at Rutgers, Kaz studies criminal justice and dreams of working for the FBI. Diagnosed with PTSD, Kaz must deal with the health consequences of his service.