Back From Iraq, But Not Always A Happy Homecoming

By: Dave Jordan/Carly Swain
By: Dave Jordan/Carly Swain

It is certainly a joyous moment when our troops come home and they're united with their families and can simply carry on with life again. Unfortunately, for some troops who come home, whether it was the war or other factors, that isn't the case.

Happy memories for one woman have turned bittersweet as the President was in Ft. Bragg Wednesday marking the end of the Iraq War.

Kimberly LaPoint says when she and her husband married they were ready to take on the world. He deployed once- just days after their first child miscarried.

During his next deployment, two years later, she gave birth to their daughter prematurley. La Point says those struggles they endured apart only added to the stress once he got home. She says
"He came home- he was a differnet person. He was no longer my best friend. He started jumping off the couch when there was a loud noise outside. He didn't want to be together for fear that he may hurt me. He was very angry."

Kimberly says she and her husband eventually divorced. She says she wanted to share her story so because she says if they had done things differnetly she'd still be living the American dream.

There is post-deployment help available through any branch of the service. Military members are encouraged to ask their family readiness officer or superiors if they want to find out what options they have to help ease the transitoin of coming home.


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  • by Someone who understand Location: ENC on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    I fully understand. I experience this as well my marriage ended. It is not always as easy as people think. My spouse turned to drugs, alcohol, and other women. I also endured emotional abuse. I wanted counseling and he did not. Everyone situation is different.
  • by Paula Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:14 AM
    I have had my friend go through this and my cousin but these men are taught to be strong and some dont want that kind of help also to what about you are so right there are women out there who just leave and dont do there part it takes two its hard work it takes councling sometimes thats for all married couples
  • by Just a guy Location: Jax on Dec 15, 2011 at 03:54 AM
    No matter how anyone comes home there are issues. The spouse can be there and stand behind him/her and the issues are still there. The problems begin when someone will not get help and they try to deal with it themselves. Drinking, drugs, etc. Then they have no one to talk to about it but their spouse or friend that doesnt understand it. Help is out there and its pretty good. The best thing a spouse can do is research what PTSD is and have an understanding of it so that they have an idea as to what is to come. Also listen when they talk. I speak from experience on this.
  • by Marie Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    The majority of returned soldiers experience some form of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is imperative that couples and individuals insist on mental health treatment. The US Army services are logging behind in offering these interventions but those in charge are working hard at providing assistance. Insist of couples and family counseling! Even the spouse left at home might experience a degree of PTSD.
  • by What About... on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    Marines coming home to find things out of order. Bills left unpaid by the spouse, spouse gone w/children, house well into foreclosure, cars sold/repoed, old friend runs off with the spouse, etc.
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