This week in our special series "The War at Home," we've seen how difficult it can be to make the transition back home after months, and in some cases years, on the battlefield.
We're starting to see the stress of long and repeated deployments reflected in the military divorce rate. CNN's Kiran Chetry had the chance to meet one couple whose marriage was pushed to the breaking point.
They're coming home from the front lines – in need of help from the government they fought to defend – and they're stuck, in a sea of red tape.
In our special series "The War at Home," we're seeing just how difficult it can be to make the transition back home after months, in some cases years, on the battlefield.
One of the biggest problems facing young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan – finding a job. CNN's Chris Lawrence talked to some returning soldiers about the challenges.
In the third installment of our "War at Home" series we introduce you to two California teenagers who struggled to deal with their fathers' deployments to Afghanistan. They found a way to cope with the loneliness and isolation and now they're helping other girls – their military "sisters" – do the same.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/19/starr.anderson.art.jpg caption="Michael Anderson, a Vietnam veteran, began writing poetry in prison – mainly about military service."]
As part of American Morning series on veterans returning home I recently visited New Directions, a homeless shelter program in Los Angeles that has been helping addicted and troubled veterans since 1982.
Across the country there are now about 130,000 homeless veterans, many from the Vietnam era, but tragically some back from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown up on the streets. What we found is those who served in the Vietnam era are now reaching out a hand to the younger generation, doing what they can to make sure the youngest homeless vets get help.
If you saw our piece you might have noticed 60-year old Michael Anderson, a homeless vet who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972. He was sent to prison from 2006 to 2008 on domestic violence charges and while in prison began writing poetry—mainly about military service. At the end of this blog please take a moment to read “Where Broken Soldiers Go.” I think you will be amazed.
It's the psychological wounds of war that may take the longest to heal.
The New York Times reports the Army plans to put all of its soldiers through intensive mental stress training. It's meant to improve combat performance but also help prevent depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.
In the second part of our "War at Home" series, our Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how soldiers are struggling to cope with life away from the front lines.