On July, 9, 2016, WHYY and NewsWorks invited Philadelphia-area veterans and their families to a day of fun at the Please Touch Museum. Some spoke frankly with me about their service, what life was like when they came back home and the challenges they faced after putting away their uniforms for good.

NewsWorks asked them:

 

Do people treat you differently when they find out you're a veteran?

 

How do you feel when someone thanks you for your service?

 

What do veterans need when transitions out of the military?

 

What's it like to be at war?

 

What was the hardest thing about transition back to civilian life?

 

What's the worst think that people ask veterans?

 

Why did you serve?