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Veteran programs after Iraq

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--Veteran programs after Iraq. The U.S. is finally closing the chapter in Iraq and the last troops are leaving to come home. More than 4,500 lives have been lost over the 9 year battle to take down a dictator, and it's been rough.

Local organizations in the area are getting ready to help soldiers as they return home from their service. They're also preparing support programs to ease the transition. We're told that we'll see more soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It's been more common in the past 15 years.

President of the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition Skip Novakovish says "we'll let them know that we're there. We're there to support their families, help them transition back. Welcome them in and realize that there's no red tape with us." Jeanette Yarger of Operation Thank You says "I think they've made a big difference and I am proud of them."

Groups like the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition and Operation Thank You have programs that help transition veterans back to home life. 

The veterans coalition offers counseling services and therapy for soldiers and their families. They also provide housing to veterans who may not have a place to go after the war. They can be reached at 509-545-6558, or you can stop by their location in Pasco at 1600 North 20th Ave, Suite A.

Operation Thank You sends out care packages oversees and hosts welcome-home events for returning soldiers and their families. For more information on the group visit their website at