Today on The World we are broadcasting a special edition on returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ve asked for veterans, and friends and family of veterans to share their stories about what their homecoming has been like.
Emily Winslow is an Iraq Veteran from Georgia.
What was your homecoming like? A bit strange. Starkly lonely. Sneakily depressing.
I was freshly separated in my marriage, freshly broke because the military started wrongly recouping 2/3 of my pay less than 3 months before I came home, and fresh out of energy to face everything I left, let alone everything I had come home to.
When I left I had two jobs and lived comfortably; coming home I had no job, no prospect of one, and moved in with my mom. No one I lived near understood anything I had been through.
[I’m] facing real life again, and everything that comes with it.
In some ways, you can hide from the realities that occur back home. When you come home, there are people and situations to face, issues to attend to, and triggers for deployment memories you can’t avoid.
At least that’s how it went for me. I know others with very different experiences.
______________ Tune in later today for our special edition broadcast.