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National Guard team helping returning soldiers adjust

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The long awaited embrace, tearful kissed are images we see as the conclusion of sacrifice and struggle for military families, but what we often don't see is what happens later.

"You spend so much time away from your family and away from the real world, it is just ... it is [a] surreal feeling kind of," said Charles Quick.

For Quick, coming home to his wife and new baby made home life easy but the outside world has been a struggle.

"You are away for a year and you are in a difficult environment but it is stable, financially it is stable," said Quick.

To find a job for him and his wife, Quick had to turn back to his military family, and unlike before, his choices were not just another deployment, thanks to the Army National Guard Total Force Team.

"It is really important just to know that there are all these resources available because it does not do any good when you have all these programs in place but the service members and families do not know about them," said Captain Holly Brauer.

The program helps families and soldiers before, during and long after a deployment.

Beyond jobs and even financial help, they keep an eye out for soldiers struggling to readjust after the mental strain of war.

"The guard is family so when a member is in distress or needs help, a lot of times we will actually have leadership escort their individuals to get help that they need," said Pamela Higgins of the Total Force Team.

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