United States Marine for life. That was Gary Laughlin's plan. He signed up after the September 11 terror attacks, went through officer training and did two tours of duty in Iraq.
But after a decade in the military, he suffered a traumatic injury during combat operations in Fallujah. The incident resulted in nerve damage and ultimately ended his military career.
Today, Laughlin is putting his ability to remain cool in tough situations to use in the civilian world. He's a sales associate at Franklin Square Capital Partners, an investment firm in Philadelphia.