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Readjusting After War

The program is growing in importance as more Americans are coming home from war zones in the Middle East.

According to program leaders at Moody Air Force base, it's really working well. They say airmen who've served overseas several times take advantage of what this program has to offer.

Stepping off a charted flight and onto American soil is an emotional time for both the airmen and their families. So emotional, the air force prepares these airmen with briefings before the flight home.

Capt. Patrick Genseal, USAF Chaplain, said, “so you're walking in and its not going to be just like it was, you've changed while you were gone, they've (family) changed while you were gone.”

Every branch of the service has a different program. For example, while the air force's program usually last only about 15 minutes, the U.S. army's program last more than a week. "I don't think you can ever do too much, but what we are going is great."

Many airmen admit they don't put too much effort into the adjustment program their first time through, but its a mistake they don't make twice.

Lynell Stamps, Encourages Re-deployment Program, said, "you know, just take their advise and use it the best you can, its not that easy, but just take the advise and use it." and the experts say the airmen should rely on each other at home, just like they do in the battle zone. "The biggest resource that we have is other service members who've walked through the sand or walked through the jungle and learning how they've re-adjusted once they got back."

And the readjustment program doesn't really end once the airmen return home. There are several groups on the base that are available to help make the transition better.

The chaplains tell me that many feel they can handle the changes on their own, but many come back in the coming week looking for some help and ready to pay attention to the program's advise.


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