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New study calls for more support for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans

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UNDATED (WTVB) - Our country needs to do more to actively support those caring for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  That's the finding of a new Rand Corporation study which estimates more than one-million family members and others are caregivers to these wounded and disabled veterans.  Their task is especially difficult and stressful because vets from those two wars tend to have mental health and substance abuse problems. 

The study shows more than half of post-9/11 caregivers have no one that regularly helps them care for their loved ones. These caregivers help veterans cope with tough conditions while also juggling work and family life.  This often leads to work absenteeism, strained family relationships and caregivers suffering from depression.

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