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The homecoming: An American soldier returns from war

VII photographer Erin Trieb met 21-year-old American soldier Adam Ramsey in 2009 and set out to document his and other soldiers’ experiences as they made their first steps back onto American soil. But Ramsey’s trip back to his home of Carson City, Nevada, quickly began to take a darker turn.

Trieb pieces together recollections of her time with Adam and intimate photos to document his journey home as he battles post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts, and finally moves toward recovery.

Watch the video at VII Magazine.

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