It’s OK for troops and veterans to not be OK

It’s OK for troops and veterans to not be OK

[Ed. – Unfortunately worded title makes it sound as though the author is callously saying he is unperturbed by our service men and women being in harm’s way.  In fact, the piece dispenses good, if obvious, advice.]

At the risk of stating the obvious: Things are awful.

The Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan is a true shot to the gut for troops and veterans who have fought there over the past 20 years.

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To all service members and veterans who are having a hard time right now: Please don’t try to suck it up rather than reaching out for help. There’s no reason why you should have to tough out pain. Even the Spartans understood the concept of trauma and sought ways to heal warriors afflicted by it.

This has been a distressing time not just for Afghanistan veterans, but for others who have served in the military during the Global War on Terrorism. …

There has been a marked increase in calls to the Veterans Crisis Line. …

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