Home Front: Soldiers Learn To Live After War
Weekend Edition is spending a year with the men of the National Guard's 182nd Infantry Regiment as they make the transition from soldiers to civilians.
Sgt. Michael Clark and his fiancee, Kaitlin Forant, hold their son, Michael Clark Jr. It took time for the 18-month-old to recognize his father after Clark's deployment.
This Father's Day, members of the 182nd National Guard regiment are home with their families. But in the year they were in Afghanistan, there was a lot they missed. "Overnight, your lives have changed," one soldier says. "Your son has grown up one year, and you kind of have to catch up."
June 10, 2012 Like most members of the military returning from deployment, members of the Army National Guard's 182nd Infantry Regiment face a tough return to life back home. A program developed by the military offers assistance from job fairs to couples counseling, but it's often the last help soldiers get.
May 27, 2012 All this year Weekend Edition is following the soldiers of the 182nd infantry regiment as these National Guardsmen transition from soldier to civilian in our Home Front series. To mark this Memorial Day weekend, we've asked them to share their most vivid memory of the year they spent at war.
April 29, 2012 As more soldiers return to civilian life, a civilian job may not be there waiting. Service members with the National Guard have the extra challenge of convincing employers to hire them when they may be called to active duty for a year or more. There are laws to protect them, but it's hard to prove discrimination.
April 8, 2012 After a year in Afghanistan, members of the 182nd Infantry Regiment are returning to their homes in the Northeast. As families and soldiers prepare to reunite, both sides are anxious about what lies ahead.
April 1, 2012 More than a plane ride separates soldiers from returning home. Before they can go back to their families, the 182nd Infantry Regiment will spend several days "demobilizing" at Camp Atterbury. The process eases the transition back to the civilian world — and spots trouble before it ruins lives.
March 25, 2012 Members of the National Guard's 182nd Infantry Regiment recently touched down in Indiana after a long trip and a long year in Afghanistan. Over the next year, Weekend Edition will follow these men through their shift from soldiers to civilians.