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Source: U.S. Marine Corps

Jose Segovia-Benitez

Marine veteran with brain injury deported to El Salvador despite leaving as a toddler


Jose Segovia-Benitez is a 38-year-old Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Iraq before he was honorably discharged in 2004, a year after he suffered a brain injury. But on Wednesday, he was deported to El Salvador, a country he hasn't been to since he was 3 years old. 

Benitez received multiple awards and decorations during his service and even got the Statue of Liberty tattooed onto his rib cage. 

His mother, Martha Garcia, told NBC that her son suffered from PTSD and the effects of his brain injury when he returned home.