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H.E.R.O.E.S. Care July 2014 Newsletter

Afghan Vets' War Hits Family Hard

William H. McMichael, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

MIDDLETOWN, DEL. — The photograph over the fireplace is the very picture of a loving, happy family. Seated together on the floor, close enough to be touch- ing, Kevin, Tina, Dylan and Brynn exude a natural warmth that seems entirely unforced.

The picture was taken before Kevin Conley, 43, a 9th-grade earth science teacher and now-retired major in the Delaware Army National Guard, left on a year-long deployment. He spent most of it in a remote corner of Afghanistan with a team configured to help local officials build a viable community after years of war.

He also saw, and felt, the worst of what the war can do to innocent children as well as grizzled troops.

Kevin was deployed in 2010. When he came back, he was a changed man. Like many, he'd suffered injuries, some of them serious -- though none were the result of combat. Like hundreds of thousands of others, he suffered psy- chological wounds, as well.

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