Corey and Jenny
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Since returning from Iraq, Corey says his life has changed dramatically. Simple things that he once did every day are now a struggle, like helping around the house or reading to his children.

"It is a huge adjustment, not only for Corey but for me [too]," says Jenny. "I went from wife to caregiver. And for our kids, they grew up fast. They had to. Now, instead of Corey reading to [our daughter] Kylie and Corey helping Kylie, it's the other way around."

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Corey attends both speech and physical therapy and also goes to job training three days a week. There, he is given a chance to do small tasks on his own and also to train for a job in the future. Corey was working to become a paramedic before his deployment, but now his dreams have changed.

"Families in this country need to know what they can do, and what Jenny and I have talked about, is that you can just go to the door and say 'How can I help?' You can leave something. [Jenny] has her sidewalk and her driveway shoveled by friends in Yankton. So it's a small thing," says Tom. "I think a lot of people are reluctant to reach out, but [these military families] want to know that you are aware of what's going on. They're living in their own war zone, and that's not right for this country."
FROM: The Bravest Families in America
Published on January 27, 2011

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