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Other than Honorable: Day 2

A Gazette investigation shows an increasing number of soldiers, including wounded combat veterans, are being kicked out of the service for misconduct, often with no benefits, as the Army downsizes after a decade of war.

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Sgt. Jerrald Jensen takes a break from guarding the Kunar River Valley at outpost Bari Alai in 2009. He deployed to Afghanistan 21 months after a bomb blast in Iraq in 2007 shattered the lower half of his face and Army doctors rebuilt his jaw. Courtesy Jerrald Jensen
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Jerrald Jensen drives to Walmart to get chicken and rice for dinner. Because of his injury he can eat only soft foods. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen gets "Cold Blood" tattooed on his neck in tribute to the cavalry company he served with on a mountaintop in Afghanistan. Jensen has a tattoo of a Purple Heart on the other side of his neck. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Summit Tattoo artist Martin Bee shaves Jerrald Jensen's neck in preparation for a tattoo. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen holds pieces of shrapnel that doctors pulled from his face after a blast in Iraq that ripped his jaw apart. The wounded veteran has thought about getting the shrapnel made into a ring. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen prepares for bed by taking a slew of pills, including a pill to help him stomach all the other medications. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen lights a cigarette in his home office in February. A head injury in combat made him sensitive to light, so he wears sunglasses almost all the time. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen sits in the room he uses as an office in February, where he paces when his post-traumatic stress disorder intensifies. "My wife will say, 'When are you going to participate with life? When are you going to be with me?' But she knows she has to let me sit here, because if I come out and fake it, then I'll get cranky and everyone else will be worse off," Jensen says. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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A portrait of Sgt. Jerrald Jensen, taken before his first combat tour, sits on a side table in the living room of his Castle Rock, Colo., apartment. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen argues with his wife, Robin, early in March, about how to make ends meet after learning that his VA payments wouldn't start for at least another month. Almost two months later, he still has not received a check. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen leaves a Veterans Affairs hospital in Denver empty-handed in February after trying to get a prescription for his pain and post-traumatic stress disorder medication. He had been out of medication for three weeks. When Jensen realized he wouldn't get a refill, he started rationing his morphine pills. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen cleans his mouth to keep his wounds from getting infected. "Since my mouth doesn't close, it all just falls out," Jensen said. "I feel like a 2-year-old." Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen waits for his dog, Hefe, to come in from the backyard of his Castle Rock, Colo., apartment in February. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen watches TV as his wife, Robin Jensen, sleeps. Robin, who watched her husband go through dozens of surgeries, said the hardest thing was seeing how the Army treated him when he returned injured from Afghanistan. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen spends many nights watching TV. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen washes a pile of dishes that had accumulated over the past week. Even simple tasks can be draining for the injured veteran. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen brings home food from McDonald's for his wife and dog after returning from a trip to a Veterans Affairs hospital in Denver. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen meets with Veterans Affairs case manager Mark Nunn at a VA hospital in Denver to set up appointments with doctors and get a prescription for the medications he had been without for three weeks. Since leaving the Army, Jensen said he has struggled to get the pain drugs and treatment he needs. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen smokes a cigarette in his car before going inside to get a tattoo on his neck. The tattoo, "Cold Blood," is a tribute to the troops he served with in Afghanistan. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen jokes with a tattoo artist at Summit Tattoo in Castle Rock as he prepares to get the other side of his neck tattooed. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen gets "Cold Blood" tattooed on his neck in March as a tribute to the unit he served with in Afghanistan. "If you ever want to know what it feels like to get a tracheotomy in the field, just go and get your neck tattooed," Jensen said as he reacted to the touch of the tattoo gun. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen picks out a box of Rice-a-Roni at Walmart to make for dinner. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen pauses after brushing his gums. He lost his teeth after an accident in Afghanistan. He brushes his gums to the bone, resulting in a lot of blood and pain. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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Jerrald Jensen and his wife, Robin Jensen, climb into bed for the night. When Jensen was still in the service, the Army forbade him to see his wife for a period of time claiming she was unruly and an alcoholic. She repeatedly called Fort Carson to complain about how they were treating her husband. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette Click here to read the full story.

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