Minnesota's big group of returning military veterans is facing a delicate transition to family life and a rough road back into the working world. Three thousand National Guard members — the Red Bulls — have come home in the past month.
Hundreds of Minnesota National Guard soldiers are settling back into civilian life after returning to the state in the past few days. And if they don't have a job to come back to, they will soon be looking for work.
The 7th and 8th waves of soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team will be returning to Minnesota late tonight (Monday) and tomorrow afternoon. The National Guard says there are 500 soldiers in this latest group.
Another group of National Guard soldiers are coming home to Central Minnesota. They'll be arriving at the River's Edge Convention Center at 4:50 p.m. The general public is invited and encouraged to come out and welcome them home.
The drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq means a new deployment for a Minnesota National Guard unit. About three dozen members of an assault helicopter battalion are shipping out as part of Operation New Dawn.
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