Life After War: How California Veterans and Their Families Cope

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As the U.S. winds down its presence in Afghanistan, more service members are coming home to their families. With this comes many adjustments: physical, emotional, financial and others. And soldiers must reintegrate themselves into the lives of their spouses, partners and children. As part of KQED's special coverage of California veterans, in partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting, Forum talks with military family members and those who work with them about the experience of readjusting to home.


Keith Armstrong, director of Couples and Family Therapy and member of the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center; co-author of "Courage After Fire for Parents of Service Members: Strategies for Coping When Your Son or Daughter Returns from Deployment"

Ben Bowman, Commander, B Company, 1-126th General Support Aviation Battalion in the California Army National Guard

Pat Soler, National President, Blue Star Mothers of America; mother of Captain Kyle Soler, an Army Ranger in the special forces

Gina Rosamond, wife of National Guardsman Joseph Rosamond

Tracy Novogradac, mother of United States Marine Lance Corporal Tom Novogradac