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An Army Wife Reflects On 'When The Men Are Gone'

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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. Josh Anderson/AP hide caption

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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. Coburn Dukehart/NPR hide caption

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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. Courtesy of Maryssa D'Angelo hide caption

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Group's Care Packages Aim To Lift Troops' Spirits

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Study: Female Vets Especially Vulnerable To Suicide

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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. Chris Bickford for NPR hide caption

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An honor guard consisting of members from Santo Domingo Pueblo wait to present colors at Lt. Ayon's warrior dance in 2008. Steven Clevenger hide caption

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Native American 'Warriors' Mark Military Service

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Steve Inskeep speaks with Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki

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Marines wait outside a building to take psychological tests in September 2009. The military assesses troops in search of clues that might help predict mental health issues. Jae C. Hon/AP hide caption

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