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Caught in the Navy Machine

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Tiara Gray was bright. She was artsy, well-written — an old soul in a young body, people said.

She was from the Appalachian region of Maryland, a small place with few prospects for what many consider "good careers."

Gray scored high on an aptitude test that caught the attention of the U.S. Navy. For Gray, like many people across the country, the military offered rare opportunities. So, she joined.

Through her recruitment process, Gray reportedly withheld information about her mental health. Lying is apparently common, and encouraged, during military recruitments.

This week, senior investigative reporter Will Huntsberry tells Gray's story — and explains what happened after Gray was recruited, as she managed her fragile mental health while stuck in the machine of the U.S. Navy.

Listener warning: This discussion happens in the final segment of the show (after the ad break) and contains discussion of self harm and suicide.

If you or someone you know might be considering suicide, there is help. Call or text 988, the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

Plus: Mayor Todd Gloria announces plans for a 1,000-bed shelter. And the most affordable housing projects in San Diego.

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