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Updated: 8/14/2013 10:31 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Thousands of military veterans come home to uncertain futures.

The transition from military life to civilian life can be difficult, but a new social networking site in Nevada is helping to change that.

It's called "The Green Zone" Initiative- that's because during the Iraq war the green zone in Baghdad was designed as a safe area for soldiers. And the Green Zone Network is designed to help vets like retired air force Major Robert Garlow who served in Vietnam.

“When I came back you had a feeling of pretty much of being ostracized from the community,” said Major Garlow.

Even though the draft was going on Major Garlow volunteered to serve his nation but he was ridiculed, rather than helped.

“I walked into a VFW post and they asked if I was a veteran and I said ‘yes I am. I am a Vietnam veteran.’ They said we do not want you we won our war and that hurts,” Garlow said.

State chaplain of the Nevada National Guard, Hal Woomer has seen many vets at their lowest point.

“Service members come back and they're tired. They're tired of banging on the door looking for help or haven't been able to take the opportunity,” Woomer said.

Greenzonenetwork.org is a one-stop shop for veterans and civilians who share information of their needs and services.

Major Garlow says maybe his life would have been different if they had a program like this when he returned to his family.

“Everybody would have benefited from the time they put this in because it would connect people, connect services, connect people that have something to give to somebody that needs,” Garlow said.

-- Fatima Rahmatullah, KSNV News3
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