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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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ComingHome L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer for many service men and women, the prospect of returning home from active duty is joy-filled; being reunited with family and friends has been long anticipated, often the very thing that carried them through the difficult moments of their deployment. Coming home as stronger and more capable people as a result of their military training and experience holds much promise. Despite these hopes and dreams, for some veterans the reality of returning home is much harder than anticipated. It can be a time of tremendous personal disruption, when their identity, relationships, livelihood, and sometimes physical and mental capabilities, need to be rebuilt and renegotiated. The bottom line: for some veterans, despite being home, their mission is not yet complete. "Reentering civilian life has the expected challenges, such as finding the Veterans' Services Officer for military service personnel and their families in the Weston and Wellesley area. "But there are other challenges, especially for those that have served since Vietnam—challenges that are the result of a new type of combat. Today there are more injuries; many veterans from recent wars are coming home as different people than when they left." As a result of advancements in combat armor and battlefield medicine, a significantly larger proportion of today's service members are returning home alive, but with serious injuries. According to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit dedicated to helping wounded service members maximize their wellbeing, for every US solider that has been killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, seven 85 s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e PHOTO BY ERIC BARRY / DIGITAL COMPOSITE BY PETER BAKER STUDIOS work and reconnecting with family and friends," explains Stanley Spear,

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