The War In Afghanistan: The War At Home
After serving 12 months in Afghanistan in 2009, the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned home to their base at Fort Drum located in upstate, New York. Although the transition back to civilian life was normal for most, many soldiers struggled after returning home and were diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). These soldiers were from units that experienced some of the war’s heaviest fighting and casualty losses. Three soldiers from the 3rd Brigade--Staff Sergeant Cody Anderson, Specialist Adam Ramsey, and Special Dirk Terpstra--struggled with PTSD and substance and alcohol addiction after they returned, which resulted in severe consequences, abuse and suicide. Their deaths and struggles had a rippling effect on their families, loved ones, and surrounding communities.