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Education helps UF graduate to cope with legacy of combat tours

Published: Dec 9th, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip Pitts was stationed at a small outpost without walls in Rawah, a city northwest of Baghdad. He and his fellow soldiers ate MREs every day for a year and didn’t have reliable phone or Internet service. They guarded the perimeter and spent days searching for weapon caches and bomb factories.