SCARS OF SERVICE

SCARS OF SERVICE

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been unlike any of America’s wars in recent memory.

Today’s volunteer soldiers are being sent into combat zones time and time again, more often than their counterparts of the past. And while they are more often surviving wounds formerly thought fatal, they’re bringing home physical and emotional scars that forever change them and their families.

As the multifaceted effects of these wars become clearer, so does realization of the number of soldiers who need help.

Debbie   Larsen:
Unbearable   loss

"If it helps just one person, to me, it's been worth it. I just can't quit."

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Tony   Larson:
Home,   Not   Whole

"I had to go through a tremendous battle, mentally, emotionally and even physically, to be able to get to the point where I am today, to be able to semi-function in society."

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Brian   Peterson:
Search   for   Understanding

"It was kind of crazy. Every day when I got up in that truck I had to be ready to die. That’s just the way it was. I was dead. Every day, I was dead. And I had to be OK with that, otherwise I couldn’t do my job."

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Eagle's   Nest:
A   Place   to   Heal

"When you talk about budgets and broken promises and what’s the most cost-effective way to help a veteran, it’s to give them purpose, hope and love."

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Brock   Hunter &
Hector   Matascastillo

“We’ve never in our country’s history deployed individuals into combat as much and for as long as we have this generation of veterans.”

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Join   the   conversation

Share stories and strategies for coping in a new online place for Central Minnesota veterans and their families at www.facebook.com/scarsofservice. Follow the #ScarsofService hashtag on Twitter.

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Talk   With   Experts

Join the discussion as Stearns County Veterans Service Officer Terry Ferdinandt, Hector Matascastillo, a veteran and advocate, and Elaine Wynne, licensed psychologist and site coordinator for the Veteran Resilience Project of Minnesota, take questions on www.sctimes.com. Ferdinandt will be available from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday. Matascastillo and Wynne will be online from 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday.

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Resources

Find resources on benefits, health care, education, suicide prevention and more.

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Learn   More

Find out what experts know – and don’t know – about helping soldiers work through their Scars of Service.

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