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Defense Leaders Fear Growing Rift Between Military, Civilians

02/21/2011 09:22 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Spouses of service members are badly stressed from years of long deployments -- so stressed that some have taken their own lives. Children who've had a parent away at war for almost their entire conscious lives are leaving home to go off to college. And the troops themselves continue to struggle with substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and devastating physical and mental wounds.

Some of Washington's top national security leaders are worried that Americans don't know -- or worse, don't care.

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