06/12/06 9:59AM By Steve Zind
About four hundred members of the Vermont National Guard are returning to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, having served almost a year in Iraq during their 18-month deployment. Their return means that nearly all of the Vermont Guard members who served in the war are on their way home.
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VPR's series of first-person reflections by Vermont Guard members who served in Iraq on Task Force Saber.
Between doing paperwork, turning in equipment and getting medical checkups, soldiers at Camp Shelby attend counseling sessions where they're encouraged to discuss their first thoughts and feelings on arriving back in the U.S.
The first group of the more than 400 Vermont guard members stationed in Iraq has returned to the U.S. The soldiers are members of Task Force Saber which was deployed early last year.They touched down over the weekend in Mississippi, and VPR's Steve Zind was there.
VPR's Steve Zind is with Vermont Adjutant General Michael Dubie in Mississippi, where the General is welcoming the troops. He spoke with Steve Delaney on VPR's Midday Report about what the soldiers are telling Dubie about their experiences.
We examine the adjustments families made during deployment, and the psychological hurdles that soldiers will face as they readjust to civilian life.
Reporter Steve Zind and Audio Engineer Chris Albertine on location at Camp Shelby