As the nation reflects this week on the start of war one year ago, a Cincinnati Enquirer survey finds that many local reservists paid a price for their service.
Coming home, changed by war
One year ago, the 478th Combat Engineer Battalion was huddled in a desert camp in Kuwait, nerves on edge over possible Scud missile attacks, weathering a ferocious sand storm. Today, the aftereffects of war show up in the soldiers' answers to an 18-question survey.
Voices from the survey
Pride mixes with pain of losing a son
a year after Spc. James Christopher Wright went to war, six months after the 27-year-old west-sider was ambushed and killed, his family is trying to heal.
Iraq campaign altered warfare
After the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States, part-time soldiers - like those of the 478th Engineer Battalion in Fort Thomas - had to leave families and jobs to begin serving overseas. It's a cycle that will continue, but is generating controversy.
Profiles of the 478th:
Spc. Holly Bebout: In her military training and experience in Iraq, she found a calling: medicine.
Sgt. David Bray: While he was in Iraq, wife Sarah juggled a full-time job, two daughters, and helping other military families cope.
1st Lt. Tim Nash: He came within days of missing the birth of his first child last year.
Sgt. Anthony Harmon: The Iraq war delayed the dreams of a Hamilton couple. Now, they're back on track.
Sgt. Mike Grob: When he called home from Iraq, his wife tried to hide his daughter's angst over his absence.