Weekend Edition Explores The Impact Of War
Weekend Edition's Impact of War series is a collaboration with member stations and NPR's Impact Of War project. These stories explore how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have affected service members and their loved ones.
Zack Halander watches his father leave for his second deployment. While his father was gone, Zack developed severe separation anxiety that was compounded by a speech delay.
Repeated deployments of troops to Iraq and Afghanistan are taking an increasing toll on military families, especially those with young children. But for Ken and Kristie Halander, it came down to a difficult choice: another long deployment to Iraq for Ken or access to medical care for their children.
November 14, 2009 The Soldiers Project, founded by clinical psychiatrist Judith Broder, provides free counseling not only to service members returning from war — but to their families as well. The private service also offers a way for troops to get help if they're reluctant to seek it within the military system.
November 14, 2009 Veterans of the war in Iraq experience effects that are not always obvious. Sometimes their problems are only visible to doctors like Natalie Mariano, who for the past five years has worked at the Veteran Affairs Primary Care Center in Hyannis, Mass.