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At war for longer than ever...

America has been at war for longer than ever before, resulting in more military caregivers who need more support.

In the years since 9/11...

  • More than 2.5 million service members have served in the global war on terrorism.
  • About 50,000 have been seriously wounded in action.
  • An estimated 1 in 5 have returned with post-traumatic stress or major depression.
  • Nearly two-thirds of those recently deployed went to war before their 29th birthdays. When they return, many still have their entire lives ahead of them, and a lifetime of obstacles to overcome.

The new normal

Coming home can be hard, for both service members and their families. The transition home is jarring and it requires a huge effort, by both those who have been injured and the loved ones who take care of them. Whether the injuries are physical or psychological, visible or invisible, service members must learn how to rely on loved ones for help.

Learn more about the young spouses, aging parents, and friends who are taking care of America's wounded warriors.

Operation Family Caregiver helps the families of returning service members and veterans by teaching them the skills they need to better manage their challenges as they adjust to a "new normal." Learn how.

“I honestly didn't realize after his wounds were healed that our lives would change. Neither one of us knew the great joys, terrible sorrows and life lessons that were in our future together.”Tina, Buffalo, NY