Jacob George, Hillbilly Storyteller, Survives 3 Tours in Afghanistan But Not His Road Back Home

October 23, 2014 10:30 PM

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Jacob George, Hillbilly Storyteller, Survives 3 Tours in Afghanistan But Not His Road Back Home

Jacob George described himself as a "hillbilly storyteller." He told the most beautiful tales as he softly strummed his banjo, tapped his bare foot on the ground, and let his long hair brush his smiling face. He was the last person most of us thought would become one of the 22 veterans each day who commit suicide.

Maybe the thought that it would never be him is part of why the veterans community who knew Jacob is grieving so hard right now. But the reality is that deep down, Jacob carried the wounds of war that so many of us bare after experiencing combat. On September 17, 2014, Jacob, just 32 years old, took...

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