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Fort Carson Soldiers: Transitioning Back to Normal Life


Hundreds of Fort Carson soldiers who have fought in Iraq are home with their families and it's their first time together in nearly a year.
Staff Sergeant Brian Travis spent the last year in Iraq, providing supplies for his brigade. Now that he's home, he hopes to make it an easy transition.
"I was gone for a year, but I want to make that transition as smooth as possible.
It was a long year for both Brian, and his family back home. Brian's wife Betsy says she had a hard time even watching the news while he was away. "You just hold your breath till you get that next e-mail."
But Brian Travis made it home safe. His kids were thrilled.
"I missed having him here and when I saw him I ran up and gave him a big hug."
"It was hard but we're happy he's home."
Home, and now transitioning from daily life in Iraq.
"Just to see cars, stoplights signs in English, signs I can read."
To day-to-day basics in Colorado Springs. Brian says he looks forward to it all.
"Just to wash the car, pick the kids up, that's the good stuff."
The good stuff they'll dive head first in to. Making the transition easier for Dad and for themselves. And his children have plans for him.
"I'm hoping we'll go to the batting cages"
"Play in video games"
"Just wanna hang out more"
And everyone is looking for things to just get back to normal. So far the Travis family says the transition has gone very smoothly, but that's not always the case. Every Fort Carson soldier returning from Iraq has to take re-integration classes to help with adjusting to life back home.


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