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War Comes Home

In-Depth Coverage

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War Comes Home: San Diego Military Families

KPBS Reporter Alison St John, who produced the series War Comes Home, talks about special challenges faced by military families in San Diego.

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Military Kids Struggling At Home With Parents Deployed Abroad

Sept. 24, 2009 | By Ana Tintocalis

Military Kids Struggling At Home With Parents Deployed Abroad

San Diego County has one of the largest concentrations of military families in the nation. The children of those families are affectionately nicknamed "military brats," but that nickname does little to explain the emotional and academic struggles these kids endure when a military parent is deployed or reassigned.

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What Kind Of Stuggles Do Military Kids Deal With?

Sept. 24, 2009 | By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

What Kind Of Stuggles Do Military Kids Deal With?

What kind of struggles do military kids face nowadays? We'll learn about the psychological and academic impact of having an active-duty parent in the military. We'll also discuss the concerns military parents have about the well-being of their children.

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Sailor Eliezer Arroyo holds his 23 month old son Eliezer Jr. up in the air after stepping off of the USS Eisenhower after it arrived on July 30, 2009 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Above: Sailor Eliezer Arroyo holds his 23 month old son Eliezer Jr. up in the air after stepping off of the USS Eisenhower after it arrived on July 30, 2009 in Norfolk, Virginia.

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Brain Injuries Challenge Veterans' Marriages

Sept. 23, 2009 | By Alison St John

Brain Injuries Challenge Veterans' Marriages

There are no official statistics on how many marriages break up after veterans return home from the Iraq war changed. But when a vet returns with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury, it can put a marriage to the test. The VA Medical Center in La Jolla estimates almost 30 percent of veterans they enroll are diagnosed with PTSD, and 8 percent have TBI.

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Kenneth Kunce, an Iraq war veteran who is living out of the back of his truck in San Diego and still trying to get a foothold on life, almost two years after being discharged. He has been diagnosed with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

Above: Kenneth Kunce, an Iraq war veteran who is living out of the back of his truck in San Diego and still trying to get a foothold on life, almost two years after being discharged. He has been diagnosed with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

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How Does Stress Of War Affect Military Families?

Sept. 23, 2009 | By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

How are repeated deployments and the psychological impact of war affecting local military families? We speak to a social worker and an expert on PTSD, both from the VA San Diego Healthcare System, about the effects of PTSD and the challenges troops face when they return to civilian society. We also speak to a psychologist about his research on military 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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War Comes Home: Repeated Deployments

Sept. 22, 2009 | By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

War Comes Home: Repeated Deployments

We take a look at how repeated deployments are affecting soldiers and their families. This is part two of a week long series on how our community is affected by the aftermath of war in military families.

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U.S. Lt. Col. Christian Cabaniss speaks to his Marines at Camp Dwyer on July 1, 2009 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The Marines are part of a stepped up effort by American troops fighting Taliban fighters in Southern Afghanistan.

Above: U.S. Lt. Col. Christian Cabaniss speaks to his Marines at Camp Dwyer on July 1, 2009 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The Marines are part of a stepped up effort by American troops fighting Taliban fighters in Southern Afghanistan.

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Marines Offer Help To Families Left Behind

Sept. 22, 2009 | By Kenny Goldberg

Marines Offer Help To Families Left Behind

Marines have been at the forefront of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the stress has taken its toll on their families back home. Marine Corp. officials say they're aware of the burden that repeated deployments place on families. The Corps has a lot of services to help families cope.

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Laura Loasching holds a “daddy doll” of her husband Kurt, who isn’t due back from deployment until next January.

Above: Laura Loasching holds a “daddy doll” of her husband Kurt, who isn’t due back from deployment until next January.

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Many Iraq War Vets Suffer After Effects

Sept. 21, 2009 | By Alison St John

Many Iraq War Vets Suffer After Effects

More than 250,000 veterans live in San Diego County. Many of them are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. KPBS reporter Alison St John spoke with Karen Scheonfeld Smith, chief counselor at the Veterans Center about the growing number of veterans coming to her with fresh, raw symptoms that affect their everyday lives.

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Marines pick up their belongings during a homecoming ceremony on October 4, 2008 at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California.

Above: Marines pick up their belongings during a homecoming ceremony on October 4, 2008 at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California.

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War Comes Home: Helping Vets Cope

Sept. 21, 2009 | By Sharon Heilbrunn, Alan Ray

War Comes Home: Helping Vets Cope

We take a look at specific challenges that war veterans face as they try and find normalcy after leaving Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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