Returning Home: Veteran Health and Wellness

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Veterans returning home from a tour (or several tours) in Afghanistan, Iraq, or other areas where terrorists live, sometimes have a difficult time getting out of operational threat mode.  Understanding that there is no threat at home is easy to say, but a challenge to live.  Building a normal life can take time, patience, and many days and nights of frustration. Here is an email from a reader who offered some assistance to her nephew after deploying for over a year recently. 

She writes:

Hello Stew. 

My nephew recently returned from active duty in the Army after a year in Afghanistan. When I asked him how it felt to be home, he had a troubling response: "I'm not really sure what comes next."

I started thinking about the unique challenges veterans often face after returning home from deployment. They may be starting college four years later than their friends, looking to get a fresh start in a new city, or returning with a physical or mental injury that affects their everyday lives. I did a little research and found some wonderful resources that could help our veterans get back on their feet after deployment. Can you share them? 


How Service and Therapy Dogs are Helping PTSD Victims
Reconnecting with Your Children After Deployment
Transitioning Back to Your Civilian Job After Deployment
The Ultimate Job Relocation Guide for the Newly Hired
Student Veterans: Top Military-Friendly Colleges & How to Find Academic Success
Veteran's Education Benefits & Tuition Assistance Guide
Vacations and Retreats for Wounded Warriors, Disabled Veterans, and their Families
Grants for Home Modification: 16 Resources for Homeowners with Disabilities
PTSD Symptoms – What is PTSD?

Angela –

Thanks for caring.  There are many resources out there for veterans returning home.  They deserve the best care and treatment.  I hope these resources can help returning warriors ease back into civilian life and find their "new normal!"

Here are some others from the site as well:

Veteran Jobs – Finding work after serving.
Military Health and Wellness – Complete section on Veteran Health Issues.
Helping Vets Start and Grow Businesses – Help on being your own boss.

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Stew Smith works as a presenter and editorial board member with the Tactical Strength and Conditioning program of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has also written hundreds of articles on's Fitness Center that focus on a variety of fitness, nutritional, and tactical issues military members face throughout their career.

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