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The Impact of War


Reporters from GPB examine the impact of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan on Georgia soldiers and their families.

Josephine Bennett reports from Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins on new military technology. Over the years the military has used global positioning system technology to fight wars and save lives. The War on Terror has created new problems for the military, like improvised explosive devices. IED's have killed many soldiers, but a new technology called Blue Force Tracker is saving lives. This highly advanced GPS technology allows the military to stay one step ahead of the enemy, but is it enough? Some soldiers say not enough vehicles have it.

David Bender reports from Fort Benning on how children deal with their parents war duties.

Many soldiers at Fort Benning have had serial deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. That affects spouses and children as they become repeated one parent families. Counselors at Fort Benning say a soldier's children are affected the most and they try to help. Click for more coverage

Orlando Montoya reports from Statesboro on a program to get soldiers out of combat and into college. Soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face a number of challenges adjusting to civilian life, especially life as college students. While some deal with post-traumatic stress, others feel frustrated by bureaucracy and a sense of feeling out of place. At Georgia Southern University, a group of student veterans meet regularly to help their transition from battlefield to classroom.

Mary Ellen Cheatham follows a wounded soldier in Augusta through his recovery.
Daniel Smith went to war for his job and for his sense of patriotic duty. He came back broken. An improvised explosive device detonated near him in Iraq and left him with a traumatic brain injury. Pain plagues him everyday and he struggles with post traumatic stress disorder. It's a problem that's not going away easily, if ever.