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App developers hope to help veterans battling mental health issues
App developers hope to help veterans battling mental health issues

Dave Smith hit his lowest low in March 2012. The retired Marine and Iraq combat veteran separated from his family and friends, broke up with his girlfriend and spent nights drinking himself into oblivion. One afternoon, he put a loaded shotgun in his mouth and stared down the barrel. Then he remembered his best friend, Clay Hunt, another Iraq war veteran, who had killed himself a year prior. Smith put the weapon down and locked it away. Later, Smith posted an anguished status update to Facebook, confessing he was on a "downward spiral" and needed help. Within 20 minutes, his phone rang. Will McNulty, a friend in Los Angeles, had seen the post and asked if he was OK. At...

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