The Homecoming

U.S. infantry soldiers Spc. Ryan Cooley, left, and Spc. Adam Ramsey, right, smoke cigarettes in the infantry barracks. Photo by Erin Trieb

U.S. infantry soldiers Spc. Ryan Cooley, left, and Spc. Adam Ramsey, right, smoke cigarettes in the infantry barracks. Photo by Erin Trieb

After serving 12 months in Afghanistan in 2009, the 10th Mountain Division returned home to their post at Fort Drum, New York. Although the transition back to civilian life was normal for most, many soldiers struggled after returning home, while some were diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). These soldiers were from units that experienced some of the war’s heaviest fighting and casualty losses. Their deaths and inner-conflicts resulted in severe consequences and had a rippling effect on their families, loved ones and surrounding communities.

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