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Jeff Roberts of Bemidji, with two sons in the Minnesota Army National Guard, said community support was great while local members were deployed, but the veterans still need that support to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. He spoke Tuesday night at a Beltralmi County Republican-sponsored event in honor of Veterans Day. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Remembering vets after they return home

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The Bemidji community's support of its National Guard members serving an extended 16-month tour in Iraq was great, says Jeff Roberts, father of two sons who served.

But that support soon left after the soldiers returned to their lives and families -- a time when it's needed most, he said.

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