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War Comes Home

Resources for Vets & Active Duty Families

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Seven-year-old Liam McKenna (C) and his mother Janet look for his father Specialist Paul McKenna while David Roberts (R) and his three-year-old son Cayden and seven-year-old daughter Kalenn look for his wife Specialist Kelli Roberts as soldiers of the California National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Armored Regiment return from a yearlong combat tour in Iraq at March Air Reserve Base on August 11, 2009 near Moreno Valley, California.

Above: Seven-year-old Liam McKenna (C) and his mother Janet look for his father Specialist Paul McKenna while David Roberts (R) and his three-year-old son Cayden and seven-year-old daughter Kalenn look for his wife Specialist Kelli Roberts as soldiers of the California National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Armored Regiment return from a yearlong combat tour in Iraq at March Air Reserve Base on August 11, 2009 near Moreno Valley, California.

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Marines with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, RCT 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Echo Co. move into position while they were under enemy fire in Mian Poshteh, Afghanistan.

Above: Marines with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, RCT 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Echo Co. move into position while they were under enemy fire in Mian Poshteh, Afghanistan.

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DrDianeEngland | January 5, 2010 at 1:15 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

It's good to see this section called "War Comes Home" because many of us are truly concerned as to what becomes of our military families at this stage. We may harbor some fear because of stories we have heard about violence and suicides amongst those returning from the war zone. Others, like myself, are old enough to have seen some of the tragic circumstances that befell Vietnam War veterans—and regret we as a country did not handle their return differently. That said, since this time we know about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, and since we have treatments for it, we can expect better results—but only if those impacted by PTSD get the help they need. To ensure this happens, we may need to lend support to these couples. And to be able to do this, we all need to educate ourselves about PTSD. Of course, I hope that my book, while it targets couples impacted by PTSD, might nonetheless prove helpful in educating others as well. I'm grateful that it was recently designated one of the "BEST BOOKS of 2009" by the "Library Journal” because, perhaps this way, more people will discover it as a trustworthy source of such needed and helpful information. Then, working together, we can make a difference for our military members and their families—perhaps causing our communities to become even stronger than they were before the war came home.

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