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Returning Soldiers Get Help from Classes about Life After Deployment

Created: 08/16/2014 11:38 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 News) -- A hundred Minnesota National Guardsmen are adjusting to life back home two months after they ended a tour in Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, a suicide bomber attacked the base where the group was stationed.

With all of them home safely now, these soldiers and their families are getting help adjusting to life after deployment through classes  taught at Anoka Technical College.

Topics from networking and employment skills to dealing with changes in your family structure.

Captain Matt Jukala sums up how these classes benefit him, "You get into civilian world it's really based on building repertoire with the people who report to you, getting to know people, networking, that you really don't have to lean so hard on in the military because of the rank structure and the structure of the organization."

Also, the University of Minnesota is doing research on the transition process of soldiers and their families.

This study will take place over a period of five years.

They are recruiting 400 National Guard and Reserve families to participate in a study about parenting and children's re-adjustment.

The University of Minnesota is paying participants for their help.

With all of them home safely now, these soldiers and their families are getting help adjusting to life after deployment through classes taught at Anoka Technical College.


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