Coming Back with Wes Moore: Coming Back

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Wes Moore explores the questions surrounding the difficulty of coming back from war. Chris Phelan, who was able to successfully translate his experience in the military to a career as a police officer, is raising daughter River by himself. His wife, Star Lopez, serves as a lawyer at the Afghan Embassy and is preparing to return home herself. Andy Clark returned from war, only to have to face his son's diagnosis of autism and the costs of his care. Feeling the financial pressure, he decides to accept a position as a military contractor that requires him to be in Afghanistan for months at a time.

Letrice Titus works as a counselor in the Canandaigua VA Hospital where all the calls to the VA Veterans Crisis Line are routed. And Brad Farnsley is at a Warrior Transition Unit, a system established by the Army to assist with the transitioning of soldiers they deem medically or psychologically unready for either duty or discharge. Anxious to return to his own family, Brad is stuck by the complicated bureaucracy and his discharge date remains a mystery.

Coming Back with Wes Moore tells the story of best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moore's search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society.