CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Memorial Day was established as a time to remember those soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. But it also can be a difficult time for veterans who have recently returned home from a deployment overseas.
Major Leon Chamberlain is behavioral-health science officer for Wyoming Army National Guard 115th Fires Brigade. He says the holiday is a good time to check in with soldiers and their families, and to try to make a meaningful connection with them. He says it's good to keep an eye out for signs of trouble, including isolation and substance abuse.
Soldiers from the 115th Fires Brigade returned to Wyoming communities in early April after almost a year away, including in Iraq.