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After the Parades Are OVer

After the Parades are Over
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Thousands of veterans have served in America's ongoing wars, and have come home to pomp, ceremony, and a warm welcome. But what comes after the celebrations may be as tough - in some cases - as serving in combat. For Florida's citizen soldiers, the Reserve and National Guard volunteers who have chosen to serve their country, what neighbors and communities do to help these veterans resume their lives is critical. "After the Parades are Over" explores the challenges and opportunities for all of us as we welcome home, or send off, our reservists and guardsmen.

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Ann Lewis, a volunteer who helps put together care packages for deployed military, talks about why she wanted to help.

Tallahassee realtor Marsha Morrison assembles approximately thirty packages a month to send to American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. These packages include games, DVD's, and snacks, and even toys for these troops to give to Iraqi and Afghan children. On this program, Marsha and volunteers Anne Lewis and Gloria Rollins show what goes into each box and talk about why they do it.

Major General Douglas Burnett, Adjutant General and Commander of the Florida National Guard, on the importance of community support for families of deployed military.

Major General Douglas Burnett has been Commander of the Florida National Guard since 2001. In this period, the National Guard has taken an unprecedented role in active combat abroad while still serving the state of Florida during hurricanes and other crises. On this program, General Burnett speaks about issues concerning the families of deployed military, and what happens when they return from active duty.

Master Chief Petty Officer Will Wilson on the increased support of the military by American Citizens.

A thirty-year U.S. Navy veteran, Master Chief Petty Officer Will Wilson was injured in an accident on the U.S.S. Enterprise. This injury led to the amputation of part of his right leg. In this program, Master Chief Wilson can be seen visiting volunteers for Sew Much Comfort, seamstresses who alter clothes to make them more adaptive for wounded military personnel.