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Midmorning: Troops return and bottled water

Posted at 7:13 AM on July 11, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Minnesota National Guard members are starting to return home from Iraq after serving nearly two years. At 9 a.m., Midmorning looks at the challenges some of these veterans will face on the home front as they reintegrate into civilian life.

Kate Smith's guests include:
MPR's Mark Zdechlik, from Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Joan Najbar, the mother of a Minnesota National Guard member currently serving in Iraq, and a licensed therapist with Human Services, Inc.; Mark Frenzel, Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom program manager at the Minneapolis VA hospital; and James Gambone, who created the curriculum for Camp Noah's "A Soldier's Coming Home," a program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

At 10 a.m., bottled water may be good for you but not necessarily for the environment. A new article examines the marketing and selling of something we can get practically for free. Kate's guest Charles Fishman wrote the article Message in a Bottle for FastCompany's July 2007 issue. He's also the author of The Wal-Mart Effect.