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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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