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Soldiers left Fort Campbell, Ky., for Afghanistan last February. Now, the base is getting ready to welcome 17,000 soldiers home. Four combat brigades and an aviation unit will leave Afghanistan after the deadliest year of fighting so far.
Sarah Wade, 36, and her husband, Ted Wade, 33, of Chapel Hill, N.C., often travel to Washington, D.C. for his medical care after he was injured while riding in a Humvee in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, on Feb. 14, 2004, and suffered a traumatic brain injury, as well as an above-the-elbow amputation of his right arm. Sarah has also been actively lobbying to get the right kind of care for her husband.
Operation Gratitude volunteer Joan Mazzarelli models one of the hats and scarves she knits for the care packages. Since March, the 98-year-old has knitted 527 scarfs for the troops.
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Sgt. Major Yolanda Mayo is a Marine reservist who has done three tours of duty in Iraq as a public affairs officer. Even though it was a constant juggling act, she says, she's proud of her service. "You can kind of have it all -- you can be a mom, you can be a wife, and you can be a Marine, a soldier, an airman, whatever you choose," she says.
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Veterans of World War I and World War II returned from the battlefield reticent to discuss their emotional problems. Some weren't diagnosed with PTSD until decades later -- after they were retired.
Army veteran Hannah Jones says she spiraled into drugs, alcoholism and prostitution after being raped by a superior officer 30 years ago. She was homeless for years before getting help through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jones says the range of mental and physical care the VA provides today keeps her off the streets.
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