For Some Veterans, War Is Only Half The Battle

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Courtesy of the U.S Army

In an editorial for Forbes, contributor Don Esmond, director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and a decorated Marine himself, writes about the struggle that faces wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, once they return home from war.


“Thanks to advances in medical science, battlefield care and protective equipment, many of our fighting men and women are now recovering from injuries that used to be fatal. … While this is certainly a welcome development, it also means that many of these veterans are now facing huge new physical, mental and emotional challenges, and so are their families and caregivers. Given the sacrifices these veterans and their families have made for us, we cannot allow them to confront these challenges alone.”

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