An estimated 12 to 20 percent of veterans returning from “Operation Enduring Freedom” will have traumatic brain injury, TBI.
The drawdown of troops from Afghanistan is supposed to mark the beginning of the end of America’s ten-year war in the Gulf, but returning veterans will be fighting battles for years to come.
Unemployment rates in the US are high for non-veterans, but they’re even higher for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
For thousands of soldiers, a new battle will begin: to adjust here at home. Not all will succeed, and the most vulnerable may end up on the street.
Listen to extended interviews by Pat Loeb for her KYW Regional Affairs Council series, “Coming Home: Are We Ready?”