But the day he met Luz was the first in more than four years he hadn’t been surrounded primarily by white people.Hispanic students are the majority in all but one of the 42 schools in the Las Cruces school district.
Zach and Luz haven’t set a wedding date, but Luz’s ring arrived in late September.
Zach has considered being a stay-at-home dad while working on cars and building things to sell. Luz and Luna still live in the house her great-grandfather built.
Zach bought himself a house north of town last year, at age 19.
Suddenly he was back in the war zone with a gun in his hand and a woman in front of him, covered in blood.
According to American statistics, one in five veterans of the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffers from PTSD.