11/14/2014 12:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These Numbers Reveal The Harsh Road Home For Wounded Service Members

We'd imagine that homecoming would bring service members a range of emotions: relief, pride and perhaps excitement. But for many returning home from military service, the experience is a whole new battle.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) aims to aid injured service members, their families, and caregivers in their adjustment back to civilian life. The results of their annual survey of WWP alumni reveal harsh realities about the experiences of these servicemen and women. The survey includes responses from more than 21,000 wounded veterans, the largest and most statistically significant sample size of service members injured since Sept. 11.

We've worked with WWP to take a look at the difficulties these Americans face as a result of their service. It's clear that for a wounded service member, coming home can be a difficult adjustment.

One alumni puts it all in startling perspective: "I went to a foreign country and when I came back, this was the foreign country."

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To learn more about the results of Wounded Warrior Project's® (WWP) survey, visit