Healing Sgt. Warren

A man driven to war by outrage over 9/11 after a reckless youth, Jonathan Warren rose through the ranks during his tenure in Iraq, but his greatest test left him crippled by self-doubt and cast him adrift once he left the rigors of military life.

He kept thinking of how he failed to charge into the flaming truck to pull his buddy out. Was it vanity that stopped him? Was he worried about his looks?

And why had he crawled away as his friend burned?

The Army gave Warren a Purple Heart and put him back on patrol. His eyes were hypersensitive. Daylight speared into his brain. He fought through headaches so painful they brought tears. At night his heart beat so hard he thought he felt his bed shaking.

Follow along with Warren’s struggle to come to terms with his blame for his close friend’s horrific injuries, his efforts to put his life back together, in reporter Christopher Goffard’s incredible story.

Photos: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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