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Scott Hakim Marines

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"I see myself now as more resilient and able to overcome pretty much anything that comes into my future because I know I've gone through these terrible situations. I've lived in miserable places; I've been in some of the worst conflicts ever."

Scott Hakim joined the Marines with a strong sense of patriotism after his community was devastated by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At 18, Scott was deployed to Iraq and served as part of a security presence partnering with Iraqi police. His mission was to win the hearts and minds of locals by providing them water, food, and medical supplies. Now at Rutgers, the Purple Heart recipient still bears the physical burdens of war. He suffers from TBI (traumatic brain injury) and still carries shrapnel from an I.E.D. explosion. In addition, Scott also struggles with Chron's disease and PTSD as a result of his experiences in the Marines. With all these challenges, Scott is a successful political science student intent on going to law school.