Veteran's Day honors the veterans among us ... but many veterans aren't comfortable with the stereotypes they face when they get home. What if they don't want to be seen as either heroes or "damaged," somehow? Is there anything in-between?
Our guests are Marine combat veteran of Operation Iraqi freedom Mike Waldron, now executive director of 23rd Veteran; Daniel Fanning, Army combat veteran of the Iraq war and involved with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon campaign and other community efforts to help integrate veterans coming home; And Eric Chandler, a 24 year veteran of the Air Force, active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard and a freelance writer who writes, occasionally on veterans and veteran related topics.
Mike Waldron says combat stress, for soldiers, is supposed to happen. It's only when it carries over into a person's civilian life that it can become a problem. Waldron came to grips with his own post traumatic stress and now he's teaching other veterans how to retrain their brains.