As we honor our military men and women and those who have served in the past, let's not forget those who make sacrifices on the homefront.
After surviving combat, families often think they've made it through the toughest part, but the transition that follows is often just as hard and can last a lifetime.
"When your soldier goes away, when they come back, they are going to be different," said Donna Burkdoll. Burkdoll's husband served in the Vietnam War.
Point Man and Homefront allows all veterans and families from Vietnam to the wars in the Middle East to come together and share in their experiences, heal and rekindle their relationships with their loved ones.
"It's like the young wives. It's the same thing. Their guys have been in combat and they go through the same things that the other wives that have been married for 40 years go through," Burkdoll said.
"Until we got involved with the group is when we started to bloom and reconnect again," said Erickia Wilson, whose husband is a Marine and Iraq War Veteran.
Wilson has been part of Homefront for a year and a half and says the organization has taught her to be a 'battle buddy' on the homefront.
"Through thick and thin, whatever he's going through, whatever I'm going through, that I'm always going to be there to support him," Wilson said.
Wilson says many of the women share in the same struggles, supporting their husbands or boyfriends with the way the may react to combat anniversaries or environmental triggers.
"A box on the side of the road might trigger some anxiety with him. If we are at a restaurant and it is crowded, he prefers for us to sit in the corner and be able to see all of the exits. Different triggers that I'm aware of allows me to support him better," Wilson said.
Point Man and Homefront are hoping to set up local chapters in the Tri-State so veterans and their families have somewhere to go everyday of the week.
One just opened in Evansville at Bethel Temple about eight weeks ago. They meet there at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday.
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