Long after Veterans Day, military families need support

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BY RICK HUNT

Most troops have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fewer than 10,000 U.S. soldiers remain in Afghanistan, down from a peak of more than 100,000 in June 2011. Only about 3,000 remain in Iraq, down from more than 166,000 in October 2007. But life isn’t necessarily back to normal for service members and their families.

While we have fewer troops on the ground, we’re still covering the skies and the seas. Our naval presence is as high as it’s been for decades. Turmoil in the Middle East, Europe and the Asia-Pacific has our military in a state of constant readiness.

All that adds up to this: Times are not getting easier for the men and women of the military and their families. They need our support today as much as ever. The demands on our service members remain high, and I’m not just talking about those who are forward-deployed. Anyone who has served at home knows that stateside duty is demanding in its own right.

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