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A Veterans Day ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 11, 2012. (Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie/U.S. Army)
A Veterans Day ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 11, 2012. (Staff Sgt. Brendan Mackie/U.S. Army)

With the U.S. winding down its involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, the country is beginning to emerge from its longest continuous time of war in its history. That means a new generation of veterans is returning home.

Many have already done so, carrying with them deep wounds — both physical and psychological.

Retired Brigadier General Jack Hammond joins Radio Boston today for a Veterans' Day reflection. He retired this year after serving 30 years in the Army, including multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now Hammond heads Home Base  — a private-public joint venture of The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. It's first program of its kind to provide care to Iraq and Afghanistan war vets suffering from combat stress and traumatic brain injury.

If you want to help the Home Base Program, they host an annual fundraising race, "Run To Home Base," in the spring. Registration for the race begins Tuesday, November 14.

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This segment aired on November 12, 2012.

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