Heartbreaking Photos Of A Troubled Iraq War Veteran Win Pulitzer Prize

These harrowing photos tell the story of post-traumatic stress disorder in a way no other medium could. Photographer Craig Walker won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for this mesmerizing series on Scott Ostrom, a former Marine suffering from PTSD after serving 4 years in Iraq. These photos were taken in December of 2011.

Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post / Reuters

Scott Ostrom cups his hand over his mouth as he tries to calm a panic attack at his apartment in Boulder, Colorado. Scott says it’s been hard to find meaning in his life since 2007, when he was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post / Reuters

Scott looks over his military service records and weeps after being told his apartment application had been turned down. The leasing manager said he couldn’t allow Scott to move in because of an assault charge on his background check. Though Scott had his honorable discharge papers and his good-conduct medal, Scott said they meant nothing. ‘I’m not a criminal. You would think this would be worth something. It should be. It’s not, though.’

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4. And Here Is Scott Ostram Today, Celebrating With Craig Walker As News Of The Pulitzer Prize Is Announced

Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post / AP

Scott Ostrom watches as Denver Post staff photographer Craig F. Walker reacts to winning his second Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography on Monday, April 16, 2012, in Denver. Walker’s story on veteran Scott Ostrom’s battle with PTSD has been widely regarded since its publication on the Denver Post’s MediaCenter in December 2011.

Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post / AP

Craig F. Walker hugs Scott Ostrom.

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