Hundreds of families along with state leaders praised around 250 soldiers at a send off celebration last week.
Around 250 members of the Indiana National Guard will help support U.S. Central Command efforts in Southwest Asia.
Under current law, families must apply for the assistance within one year of the service member returning home.
The war in Afghanistan affects not only the soldiers fighting it, but their spouses back home. And it has different consequences each time a loved one deploys.