Many US soldiers returning home after deployment confront a new set of challenges. Acclimating to civilian life apart from the military routine can be difficult. Many soldiers report sleep disturbances, difficulty with anger and increased attention to threats — both real and perceived. For some, struggles with this emotional distress can lead to an anxiety disorder called Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The U.S. Military offers many programs to help returning soldiers deal with the personal impact of war.
This segment from Iowa Public Television’s documentary “Iowa Soldiers Remember Afghanistan” features first-hand accounts from military and American citizens who were on the ground in Afghanistan.