This week, the Obama administration has been pushing a package of initiatives to help military veterans transition to civilian life. In Denver, one national nonprofit is already working to address high jobless rates for returning service members.
Karl Marlantes is the author of What It Is Like To Go To War.
I returned to America in October of 1969 after 13 months as a Marine in Vietnam. While I was there, I would comfort myself by imagining all the girls I ever knew hugging me in a huge warm group embrace. Somehow, I thought something similar would be waiting for me when I came home.