FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - Army Sgt. Joe Dombrowski did not see the worst of the war, but he witnessed some pretty bad stuff: the sound of enemy artillery as his unit crossed the Tigris River; the bloodstains on a Humvee after one of his commanders was killed; the soldier who survived a grenade blast that blackened even the whites of his eyes.
Now, when the latest news from Iraq comes on his big-screen TV back home, Dombrowski looks away.
"I listen to it, but I don't want to see it again," says Dombrowski, 31, who recently returned from Iraq. "Some of that stuff I want to push away, and I don't want to talk about it."
Dombrowski is still working through his feelings, just as many of his comrades are doing.
Mandatory counseling took place once the soldiers came home. They underwent physical and psychological evaluations, attended training on how to handle postwar changes in their marriages and classes on drunken driving and even swimming and boating safety.
Returning troops forced to work through feelings
Published: Tue Oct 07, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:27 p.m.