Afghanistan and Our Veterans

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I am saddened to write this, but as the botched withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan unfolds, and as a former Navy pilot, I believe it needs to be said. I would like to offer my thanks to all veterans, and their families, who served in Afghanistan over the last 20 years.

I know many veterans who have served our country bravely in Afghanistan. They need to know the conduct of this withdrawal will never diminish their service, or from our appreciation of the sacrifices they made to protect us.

Watching this, “withdrawal” arouses feelings of both anger and heart break. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see it through the eyes of someone who lost friends or family serving there; and it’s gut wrenching to see those who fought alongside us left behind.

That’s why I want to share some resources for veterans with you. Pass them along to any veteran you know who might need them. Right now, it’s important for us to let our veterans know they are #NotAlone, and there is no shame in reaching out if they need assistance, or even just to talk to someone. 

Here are some resources that may be helpful to our veterans. Thank you for sharing them with those in need. 

Resources

Veterans Crisis Line

Call: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

Text: 838-255

Online Chat: Veterans Crisis Line: Suicide Prevention Hotline, Text & Chat

Vet Centers

Veterans can discuss how they feel with other vets in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you.

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