While their loved ones are grateful they're returning home safely from Iraq, reunification specialists are telling the families to ease back into every day life.
Psychologist Dan Gustafson of Madison counsels military families stressed after reunification. Gustafson says relationships can change and children often act up when they let go of their worry over losing a parent.
The soldiers' sense of family, loved ones and a sense of what's normal was put on hold for 16 months.
Gustafson says the paradox is that there's great pride and respect for the spouse who's carried the burden in the soldier's absence. On the other hand, there can be a feeling of loss because they managed without you.