Zack Cleghorn came back from deployment four years ago and transitioned to civilian life. He tried to hold a job but he suffered with depression and PTSD. He ended up living in his car.
While he struggled with suicidal thoughts, he pushed through and decided getting an education was his best chance. He had to get creative with it at first, moving in with a friend, using financial aid and getting a scholarship to a local community college.
Two years after that, he transferred to East Carolina University in Industrial Engineering Technology. He received his diploma a few weeks ago.
"Some people start from the bottom and as they get to a better position they forget the bottom," says Cleghorn, who broke down in tears after receiving a job offer at the very tech school that he went to.
"There are thousands of veterans in the same shoes I was in, and unfortunately some of them don't get out of these shoes," says Cleghorn, who also does volunteer work, including assisting other veterans.