A new program helps recently wounded soldiers attend college
Brendan Hart took a few community college courses before joining the Marine Corps in 2003 and always planned to go back to school to study history. Assigned to one of the Corps’s elite fleet antiterrorism security teams, Hart, 25, was stationed in Bahrain in May 2005 when something went wrong: His body reacted unexpectedly to a smallpox vaccination, and Hart slipped into anaphylactic shock. "Then my condition got drastically worse," he says. The Marines shipped him to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for treatment, but a series of complications confined Hart to crutches or a wheelchair. The war was over for Hart, so he turned his attention back to dreams of a college sheepskin.
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