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Veterans Day

From battleground to studio: Dealing with PTSD

  • Miguel Folch, a veteran pararescue jumper, sits in front of strobe spotlights at a photo studio in the Lost Barrio in Tucson as he waits for a model to change her wardrobe. Folch has decided to pursue his passion for photography to escape the stresses associated with being a Tucson firefighter.
    Josh Morgan/ASNSMiguel Folch, a veteran pararescue jumper, sits in front of strobe spotlights at a photo studio in the Lost Barrio in Tucson as he waits for a model to change her wardrobe. Folch has decided to pursue his passion for photography to escape the stresses associated with being a Tucson firefighter.

Miguel Folch, 40, is a paramedic, firefighter and fashion photographer from Tucson. He's a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command operatives, also known as the "pararescue jumpers."

And he suffers from combat post-traumatic stress disorder.

Folch is not alone. Approximately 23 percent of the nation's more than 25 million veterans suffer and live with PTSD.

Folch is pursuing his passion for photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. In this Veterans Day audio slideshow, Folch reflects on his life in Tucson, the gravity of his dealing with PTSD and the aspects of his life that have helped shape who he is today.

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