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By Liz Zabel

Millions of U.S. military servicemen and women have returned to civilian life after serving in the armed forces, and while serving in the military is challenging, many returning veterans find reintegrating even more difficult.

In fact, according to research published in the Journal of Psychiatric Services, rates of depression and other mental disorders are high among services members within their first year returning from deployments.

It’s not just a change of scenery, after all. Returning also means a change in job duties or a new career, living arrangements, lifestyle and more.

“When you go into the military, you are stripped down mentally, so the person you were before the military is no longer,” said Laura Boddicker, a Navy veteran originally from Tennessee now living in Newhall.

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