Returning Service Members OEF/OIF











The Wounded Warrior Handbook: A Resource Guide for Returning Veterans (Military Life)

          Authors:b Don Philpott, Janelle Hill, Barry McCraffrey


Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home--Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI

          Author:  Charles W. Hoge


War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-tramatic Stress Disorder

          Author:  Edward Tick







Sometimes it is hard for others to understand the actions and reactions of returning war veterans.  Sometimes it is hard for the soldier themselves.  Perhaps these pictures and words from the Internet will help.......




When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard......... listen to his son whine about being board. keep a straight face when someone complains about potholes.



........ to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work. be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night's sleep. be silent when people pray to God for a new car. control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower. be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying. keep from laughing when anxious parents say they're afraid to send their kids off to summer camps. keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather. control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold. remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog. be civil to people who complain about their jobs. just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year. be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.










 IS LOVING ONE.........








DOD Announces Iraq, Afghanistan Campaign Stars

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 – Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for service members who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009, Defense Department officials announced today.

The new campaign stars, worn on the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals, recognize service during Operation New Dawn in Iraq and the Consolidation III campaign phase in Afghanistan.

Operation New Dawn began Sept. 1, 2010, marking the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and U.S. combat operations in Iraq and a new focus on advising, assisting and training Iraqi security forces.

The Consolidation III campaign in Afghanistan began Dec. 1, 2009, the date President Barack Obama committed to sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan with a plan to begin drawing down that force in July.

The services will announce implementing instructions to their members about wear of the new campaign stars.

Service members who have qualified for the ICM and ACM may display a bronze campaign star on their medal for each campaign phase in which they participated. A silver campaign star is issued in lieu of five bronze stars.

Six other campaign phases were previously identified for Iraq, and three in Afghanistan.

In Iraq, they are:

-- Liberation of Iraq, March 19 to May 1, 2003;

-- Transition of Iraq, May 2, 2003 to June 28, 2004;

-- Iraqi Governance, June 29, 2004 to Dec. 15, 2005;

-- National Resolution, Dec. 16, 2005 to Jan. 9, 2007;

-- Iraqi Surge, Jan. 10, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2008; and

-- Iraqi Sovereignty, Jan. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2010.

In Afghanistan, the previously identified campaign phases are:

-- Liberation of Afghanistan, Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 2001;

-- Consolidation I, Dec. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2006; and

-- Consolidation II, Oct. 1, 2006 to Nov. 30, 2009.

The Defense Department first authorized campaign stars for service in Iraq and Afghanistan in April 2008.









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