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Gay Marine Sees Bright Future, Despite Own Injuries

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:48:54 CST
By: Jim Browne

Gay Marine Sees Bright Future, Despite Own Injuries The first US soldier to be injured in the invasion of Iraq is speaking about it, and life as a gay Marine tomorrow (Tues 2/25) at Eureka College. Eric Alva was 19 when he signed up with the US Marine Corps. He lost his leg within hours of his arrival in Iraq. The explosion also left Alva with injuries to his other limbs, and PTSD. He had just returned from a VA check up when GLT's Jim Browne caught up with him in San Antonio via Skype:

Sergeant Eric Alva's speaking about the end of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell," policy at 7:30 tomorrow (Tues) evening at Eureka College's Becker Auditorium.   Alva is still suffering from PTSD, along with his physical injuries, but says his check up prior to our conversation showed overall his health to be fine.

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