They survived war, but for some Iraq and Afghanistan veterans going to work back home isn't easy, either. An estimated 300,000 from the two wars have returned home with mental health problems, so-called invisible wounds, and about the same number suffered head injuries, according to a private study from the RAND Corp. think tank. Associated problems can include depression, flashbacks, irritability, headaches and short-term memory loss.
For those in the National Guard and Reserves, returning to a civilian job at a workplace such as a bank or firehouse can be difficult as they make the transition back while trying to cope with new issues. Also, some veterans have complained they can't find work after they leave the military because employers are hesitant to hire them. Starting Wednesday, the Labor Department is making available to current or potential employers resources to help them better understand the mental health issues veterans may face.
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