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Monday, November 12, 2007

In case you missed it: returning vets struggle

The parents of Eric Valdepenas, one of "New
England's Own" killed in Iraq, visited his grave
in East Providence, R.I.

The First Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment - the reserve infantry unit based in Central Massachusetts and known as "New England's Own" - has a proud history in modern America's many wars, including a record of exceptional valor, and devastating casualties, on Iwo Jima. When they returned home from Iraq last fall to Veterans Day speeches, parades, and accolades, there was more distinguished service to celebrate. And more devastation, Charles M. Sennott writes in Sunday's Globe.

The 878 men who came home have struggled to come to terms with the fact that 11 did not; that 68 others suffered combat wounds; and that many more were hit with injuries less visible but with long-term effects, like bomb-blast concussions.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:47 AM
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