It's been difficult for those who served and their families to watch what's now happening in Iraq.
"As a mother, it is very disheartening," Josie Monaghan said.
Monaghan's son Joey was a combat marine who served two tours in Iraq. She has been watching developments Iraq and the president's reaction to them very closely.
"I'm really shocked at what is happening and that we're actually having to go back to do what we did already," Monaghan said.
Besides running a thrift shop that benefits veterans, Monaghan also works with young Marines and soldiers who have returned from Iraq. She says the problems there have stirred up a lot of bad memories for those trying to move on with their lives.
Retired Marine Col. Chris Buescher is long-removed from his tour in Iraq in the early stages of the war in 2003, but he's been tuned in to the latest developments there, including President Barack Obama's pledge to send in 300 military advisors.
"It's mostly frustration, like we didn't know this was going to happen," he said. "Why did we wait so long to try to back up the forces on the ground. You knew, I knew, most of the guys I know who served over there knew something like this was going to happen."
Like other Iraq war veterans who did not want to appear on camera, Buescher says he is frustrated and a bit angry seeing much that was gained during the war essentially erased.