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April 1, 2006

Albany -- Some foreign war veterans and the 48th brigade family support center are helping families of soldiers currently serving in Iraq. Fifty-seven spouses of soldiers came to the VFW to learn ways to help the future veterans readjust to civilian life.

Some veterans say that life is never the same after a person has served in a war. Many soldiers have chilling replays of war in their heads, and for some it takes time to adjust to other civilians.

"You're jumpy, you're nervous. Loud noises you're going to hit the floor. Spouses need to be aware of what to expect when they come back," said foreign war veteran Bobby Lyles.

Spouses also learned that all veterans should make copies of all service and medical records and keep them in a safe place. These records are necessary to make VA claims in the future.

Soldiers of the 48th Brigade will come home to South Georgia in a little more than a week.

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