Amanda Claire Curcio, Democrat staff writer
June 27, 2016
The war followed him home to Tallahassee.
Until last Sunday, when the Marine never woke up.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Dustin Wood deployed twice to Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo: Special to the Democrat)Dustin Allan Wood was 32 years old and a father. The cause of his death is still unclear.
A sergeant at the end of his military service, Wood deployed twice to both Iraq and Afghanistan as a machine gunner and is now being considered for the Purple Heart. Sgt. Dustin Wood
But Wood was on pain medication to deal with wartime injuries. He drank often, usually to “feel less, remember less,” said Beatrice Wolfe, his aunt. She said she wouldn't call his death a suicide, but something like it.
Wolfe is coping with her nephew’s death by speaking out to raise awareness about veterans’ overall struggle with depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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