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A year to 18 months is a long time to spend away from one’s family, especially if one has children. Yet veterans have to deal with this situation all the time.While he or she is deployed, the non-military spouse picks up the brunt of the responsibilities, acting essentially as a single parent while juggling all the normal, everyday stressors as well. Meanwhile, the mother or father serving in the armed forces does not get to be part of countless family experiences.When he or she comes home, “the roles have changed and everyone has to adjust – the veteran often feels really out of place,” said Dana Darrow, LISW, who recently secured a $15,000 grant to allow Los Alamos Family Council (LAFC) to increase its support for veterans.The United Way grant will extend services for all Los Alamos and Rio Arriba County veterans – anyone who has served in the military, regardless of combat experience.Darrow, who previously worked under a VA contract with El Centro Family Health in Española, said she is “very aware of the needs of veterans, especially those returning from Iraq.
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