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Afghanistan Response: The power of community

Across the nation, people are helping to support the resettlement of Afghanistan refugees and allies by sharing information on how to help, opening their homes, donating goods and services, and bringing greater awareness and advocacy for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs).

By |October 5th, 2021|#VetResources, Guest Posts|4 Comments

U.S. pullout from Afghanistan: VA psychologist, post-9/11 combat Veteran on impact to Vets, service members

“We as post-9/11 Veterans are very resilient and can make significant and positive contributions to society. But at the same time, our military service and the difficulties we face reintegrating to civilian life make us one of the highest-risk Veteran populations.”

By |September 1st, 2021|Research, Top Stories|9 Comments

VA Secretary Denis McDonough’s statement on Afghanistan to Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers

To America’s Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers: I know it is painful to see the images from Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan, especially for the hundreds of thousands of Veterans who have served there since that fateful day in September 2001. When our country was attacked, you and your loved ones made the heroic choice to run towards the fight. That courageous sacrifice matters and has made us safer, no matter what happens today or any other day.

By |August 17th, 2021|Secretary's Blog|18 Comments

Coping with current events in Afghanistan

The events in Afghanistan may also trigger reactions among Veterans who fought in other conflicts because it reminds them of their own similar experiences. If your distress is prolonged or you are unable to function well, consider seeking help. There are competent and caring professionals available who can help you with the most common responses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, moral injury, and complicated grief. It is a good idea to try meeting with a mental health professional at least once. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will feel better.

By |August 17th, 2021|Mental Health|10 Comments

Afghanistan: How Veterans can reconcile service

Major news outlets for the past few months have focused on the nation’s longest war: Afghanistan. With a high of more than 100,000 U.S. troops in 2010, the number of troops continued to shrink over the past decade. While news coverage debates the decision to cease combat operations, the highest-ranking enlisted service member in the military said Veterans from the war should remember the positive to help reconcile their service.

By |August 3rd, 2021|Afghanistan Series, Top Stories|40 Comments

Help for Afghanistan Veterans and families

This is a four-part series about Afghanistan Veterans and how they can get help through VA. The first part discusses how Veterans can reconcile their service. The second part of this series focuses on how those who served in Afghanistan can learn from those who served in Vietnam. The third part of this series focuses on spouses and caregivers, who are often on the [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Comments Off on Help for Afghanistan Veterans and families

From Afghanistan to Athlete – Kirstie Ennis conquers adversity and extreme sports

After a traumatic accident during Sgt. Kirstie Ennis’ deployment to Afghanistan left her with a prosthetic leg, she set out to inspire the world through her endeavors.

By |June 13th, 2019|Guest Posts, Honoring Vets|5 Comments
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