I can tell you that it is not easy to return to civilian life. There are countless barriers that stand in the way. The most difficult challenge I faced during my time in Iraq was not being in Iraq. We were processed oriented soldiers who knew our jobs and we knew how to execute it.
There are all kinds of leading psychologists and smart people out there who have a plan for reintegration into civilian life when we get out of Iraq. Any veteran who tells you after being in a combat zone, that he is fine and has no issues is flat out lying to hide the fact that he has issues. When you return home to civilian life, you must return slowly, utilize the resources available to you, and hope for the very best.
I believe we who have been in the service of our country deserve to live happy and productive lives. I do not believe we deserve handouts or anything for free. I think we deserve to be able to come back to our country and be allowed to be an equal at the table so to speak. There are many vets who are returning who have returned to face divorce, lost loved ones while away, endured great hardships in combat, and are just unable to cope right now or maybe even for a very long period of time. These are the ones our country really needs to reach out to and provide the best assistance available.
Long story short, reintegration to civilian life as a slow and meticulous process. Enjoy every moment you have to enjoy and work hard through the rest.