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Iraq, Afghanistan veterans face bleak job prospects

Returning troops find job prospects bleak; programs try to increase opportunities, ease way into civilian life

Paul Stewart would not have gone to Iraq if he had not needed the work. But the economy left him little choice.

The Air National Guard sergeant closed his Newton scuba diving shop when the economy crashed in 2008, and after finding nothing but $15-an-hour security guard jobs, he went back on active duty, patrolling a base in 130-degree heat in Baghdad.

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