The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Coming home from Iraq

How do soldiers come home physically, emotionally, mentally?

Just how do soldiers and their families adjust to life after combat? What's it like to come home? How can you help loved ones really come home?

Now that I'm home after more than a year as an Army chaplain in Iraq, I understand why the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War posts and other veteran organizations flourish in our society.

Despite the best intentions of family and friends, all of us need someone who has "Been there, done that" to feel understood. Where else but among other veterans can a returning soldier be more likely to find someone who can even begin to understand time in combat?

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