Homecoming Integrating Veterans Returning from the War

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” (Abraham Lincoln, second inaugural address, March 4, 1865)

Reunions may be more stressful than separation. People grow and change, and unshared experiences cast a shadow upon those reunited. The reunion of a solder returning to "normal" society from the war zone provides one of the most dramatic examples of the stresses of reunion. The successful reintegration of our soldiers back into the lives they left demands the understanding and compassion of the entire community.

This presentation provides a practical guide for reintegrating our veterans returning from the war. The presentation was led by Carolyn Fick, OEF / OIF Rural Outreach Care Coordinator, Minneapolis VA medical Center.

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Homecoming: Integrating Veterans Returning from the War