As a nation, the United States has fought two wars in the last 10 years, and thousands of the brave men and women in our armed forces have lost their lives.
Yet there are those, too, who made it home, but for whom the battle continues in many ways.
And for one grandmother from a city west of Boston, even though her son is alive, the toll has been especially high.
In a letter to Globe Santa, she wrote that she and her husband are raising their granddaughter, who will be 9 years old this month, as they try to help their son, who returned from Iraq some seven years ago and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The young man endured a painful combat experience and came back safely, but has not recovered from the trauma well enough to care for his daughter on his own.
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