Terwyl Kaboel geval het, Veterane in Afghanistan het begin uitreik na die VA -krisislyn

Die VSA. Department of Veterans Affairs says calls to the Veterans Crisis Line increased as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August.

“Ek kan sien hoe mense sou sukkel … waarvoor was dit alles?” said Steven Cole, who served as an Army public affairs officer in Kabul from 2009 aan 2010.

I did leave a wife and two kids alone, and those are years I can’t get back,” Cole said.

Steven Cole was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a U.S. Army public affairs officer in 2009.

Steven Cole was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a U.S. Army public affairs officer in 2009. (Fox News)

Aside from the personal toll, Cole is thinking about the Afghanistan citizens he worked with daily, and the thousands of Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice there.

You think about their families and the people that were left behind, and their friends. So a lot of emotions,” Cole said.

N somtotaal van 2,352 American service members died in Afghanistan, en meer as 20,000 were wounded, according to the Department of Defense.

People are remembering. Making sense of their own lived experience,” said Army reserve psychologist Nicole French.

French says it’s normal for veterans to have an emotional response to the news in Afghanistan.

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The VA says the Veterans Crisis Hotline received 8,569 calls from Aug. 13 aan 16. That’s over 500 more calls than they received during the same time last year.

I think it’s fantastic that we’ve seen an increased call volume because those individuals are actually practicing asking for help,” French said.

French and Cole work for Veterans Bridge Home, a nonprofit that connects veterans to opportunities in Charlotte, Noord-Carolina. The two say if veterans are feeling emotional, the best thing to do is reach out and talk to somebody.

I think grief is absolutely coming up,” French said.

According to French, very few veterans utilize mental health services when they’re in need. The Veterans Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 en druk 1.

Spouse, vriend, whether they served or not. I think it’s healthy to talk things through with somebody that you trust,” Cole said, adding it’s not good to bottle feelings up.

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