- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Truckee Meadows Community College for the first time is awarding a degree posthumously, to a discharged Marine who killed himself last year.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (https://on.rgj.com/1ToQsIb ) that Joshua Beal’s wife will accept his diploma Friday.

Beal was 28 years old when he shot himself in June 2015, just six credits shy from graduating from the community college.

His wife said Beal was planning to get his associate’s degree and then go to dental school.

Beal served as a Marine Corps sniper, warfare leader and paratrooper and was discharged following a traumatic brain injury during his last deployment.

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