Returning home from war or conflict brings a flood of pent up emotions to our veterans and their families. They have been dreaming of that return since the day they walked into a strange country. And now, many just want to pick up where they left off when they first deployed over a year ago. The first months are spent reacquainting with family, friends, co-workers, etc. But what they realize is that things have changed since they left. The family had to readjust, to fill the role of mom or dad, or helpful son or daughter, which was vacated during the period they were gone. The same applies if they are returning to an employer. Is the same job still there or was it filled by another person, and would they need to qualify for another position? Change is difficult for anyone, and they are now living it on all fronts.
Medically, they may have suffered an injury or trauma in service to their country. Physical injuries, for the most part, can be addressed. But unlike Vietnam, these veterans and the community are now familiar with the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).