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Since 2007, the US has resettled tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in this country. Many of them had already left Iraq – having fled to neighboring countries like Jordan and Syria. 

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How do you get your resume moved to the top of the pile in this job-challenged economy? By knowing someone inside the company, of course. But that's really a challenge if you've just moved to the US from a war-torn country more than seven thousand miles away.

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Sixty thousand Iraqi refugees have come to the United States since 2007.  Texas, Arizona and California are among the top destinations and the federal government has made resettling these refugees a priority. But some local schools and hospitals are overwhelmed.

The number of U.S. soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder continues to grow as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Commentator Craig Barnes says soldiers who suffer from PTSD deserve assistance and understanding.

Craig Barnes is a writer, playwright, and former international negotiator. He lives in Santa Fe.