A Student Veteran Moves On

Mark Abramson for The Chronicle

David Curtis, now studying at a community college, enlisted in the U.S. Army after September 11, 2001. "You may have just killed someone who would grow up to become a doctor," he says of his combat service. "Or you may have just killed a future terrorist."
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David Curtis presses his hand to his right ear. The car bomb should have killed him, he says. Instead, the blast burst his eardrum.

The day was July 31, 2007, and something's still not right. Mr. Curtis can hear, but sounds seem far away. Sometimes...

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