Photographer Erin Trieb's Homecoming Project

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After returning home from a 12-month deployment in Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division receive awards for valor at the MaGrath gym in Fort Drum, N.Y., January 2010.

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U.S. infantry soldiers (of the 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division) excercise and lift weights in the gym at Fort Drum, N.Y., January 2010.

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U.S. infantry soldier SPC Adam Ramsey, 22, shows where he has self-mutilated his legs at his home in Carson City, Nev., February 2010. While serving a 12-month deployment in Afghanistan, Ramsey was diagnosed with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). While in Nevada on leave, he experienced hallucinations, depression, and suicidal thoughts; he self-medicated mixing prescribed medications with alcohol, a common practice among soldiers with post-deployment disorders. Fearing that he would take his own life, Ramsey checked himself into a mental-health hospital after he returned from Nevada to Fort Drum, January 2010.

U.S. soldier specialist Adam Ramsey, 22, rubs his eyes after having an anxiety attack at his home in Carson City, Nev.

U.S. soldier SPC Adam Ramsey, 22, relaxes with friend Savannah Gordon after consuming a mixture of prescription medicines and drugs at his home in Carson City, Nev., February 2010. 

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U.S. infantry soldier SPC Adam Ramsey, 22, sits in a hospital room at Samartian Hospital in Watertown, N.Y., after checking himself in for suicidal tendencies,  February 2010. 

Stefanie Strausser mourns the death of her late fiance, Staff Sgt. Cody Anderson (of the 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division), at their apartment in Watertown, N.Y., January 2010. The day after Anderson returned home from serving a 12-month deployment in Afghanistan, he became intoxicated and was arrested for assaulting Strausser outside of a bar. Shortly after, the Fort Drum mental health department diagnosed Anderson with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) and bi-polar disorder. On the morning of Jan. 14, 2010, Anderson was found dead in his apartment. Although the Watertown newspaper first claimed his death was an "unknown suicide," police later stated that Anderson died of acute pneumonia.

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Family and friends mourn the death of U.S. infantry soldier Specialist Dirk Terpstra, 26 (of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment), at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, in Agusta, Mich., March 2010. After serving a 12-month deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, Terpstra committed suicide while on leave near his home in Kalamazoo on Feb. 24, 2010. The night of his death, Terpstra visited a local bar with friends where he became intoxicated and shot himself in the head in a friend's front yard. Terpstra's family said that although before his deployment Terpstra experienced deep depression and had previously made suicidal attempts, they believe that his condition worsened after serving in Afghanistan.

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Tess Terpstra, left, comforts Brandon Terpstra, right, after the funeral of their brother SPC Dirk Terpstra, 26, (of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment) at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, in Agusta, Michigan, March 2010. After serving a 12- month deployment in Afghanistan in 2009, Terpstra committed suicide while on leave near his home in Kalamazoo on Feb. 24, 2010. The night of his death Terpstra visited a local bar with friends where he became intoxicated and shot himself in the head in a family friend's front yard. Terpstra's family says that although before his deployment Terpstra experienced deep depression and had previously made suicidal attempts, they believe his condition worsened after having served in Afghanistan.

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U.S. infantry soldiers SPC Ryan Cooley, left, and SPC Adam Ramsey, right (of the 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division) smoke cigarettes in the infantry barracks, which houses unmarried soldiers, at Fort Drum, N.Y., January 2010.