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Returning to a civilian life after war presents new opportunities as well as challenges for Veterans. Many Veterans look forward to life after the military, because they can spend more time with family and friends and no longer have to worry about military structure or being deployed. At the same time, transitioning to civilian life may lead to a lot of questions.
They may wonder what they are going to do with their new phase of their life, or if they will be able to find a job. The may think about going back to school but not know where to start. Or, they might miss the discipline of the military life compared to civilian life and wonder if they will be able to adjust.
For example, take the story of Soldier’s Home. When Krebs returned from the war he had been badly, sickeningly frightened all the time. He feels like he is a sham, or living a lie. He becomes alienated from his family and the local people. He makes no effort to relate seriously with anyone, including women, because he does not want the complications or consequences of relationships.
Also, in the story “How to Tell a War Story”, the men experienced similar issues. In this story the men experience things that cannot be said, or put into language because they were so horrific, strange and unbelievable. The men are so mad by things that they cannot distinguish as real or imaginary. They experience people getting killed in front of them. For example, Rat Kiley's behavior is, so filled with anger from watching his best friend getting blown up in front of his face, that he takes his anger and frustration out on a helpless buffalo. He also takes his anger out towards Curt Lemon's sister; when he writes her a letter and she doesn't respond. He then reduces her to just a "dumb cooze."
A soldier’s experiences in the service can be both positive and negative. It may have made them a different person than…...

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