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08/07/2012 04:56 pm ET Updated Oct 07, 2012

Veterans Learn Agricultural, Farming Skills In Vancouver Job Training Program

Billy Bain opens ears of underdeveloped, small corn from a stalk on his farm in Dinwiddie County, Va., Friday, July 27, 2012.
Billy Bain opens ears of underdeveloped, small corn from a stalk on his farm in Dinwiddie County, Va., Friday, July 27, 2012. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a drought advisory for the Appomattox River Basin, and summer crops have suffered in high heat and low rainfall. (AP Photo/The Progress-Index, Patrick Kane)

Sham Sykes, 36, served as a combat Marine for 15 years, including two years in Iraq near Fallujah. He was part of a mobile highway patrol unit that cleared the area of insurgents and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He was discharged because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and experienced bouts of depression, paranoia and memory loss.

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