Cover Story How vets help vets conquer the after-war

While scandal engulfs the V.A., soldiers are supporting other soldiers as they cope with the invisible scars of combat. It may be their most important mission yet.

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Smoke blackened the morning sky after a car bomb exploded outside an elementary school in northern Iraq. Todd Kuikka and his team of bomb technicians drove into downtown Kirkuk to secure the area and aid the wounded. His truck pulled up near the ruined building. He stepped out and entered a recurring nightmare.