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Monday, May 27, 2013

WWII Veterans Faced Troubled Homecoming Too

Rangers serving with the Fifth United States Army advance up a hillside in Italy under cover of smoke, with the object of clearing the Germans from the hills, in this undated photo. (AP)

Rangers serving with the Fifth United States Army advance up a hillside in Italy under cover of smoke, with the object of clearing the Germans from the hills, in this undated photo. (AP)

The problems facing today’s returning veterans are well known: unemployment, homelessness, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and difficulty getting benefits.

But those challenges were hidden for the Greatest Generation, the generation that fought World War II.

A moving book documents that hidden history through the experiences of three World War II veterans, including the author’s father.

This segment originally aired May 25, 2009

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