There are a lot of uncertainties regarding the future of Afghanistan. These uncertainties can cause a load of stress on individuals whether they’ve served the mission of keeping peace abroad or not. The honorary speaker at the 15th Annual Chenega Invitational, retired Lieutenant General, now Chairman of the Board of Vigilant Torch Association (VTA) Michael K. Nagata, had a brief but pertinent message to share with those who are struggling with the ongoing situation.
In his message, Michael stresses that “you are not alone” in your feelings. Many are feeling frustrated, uneasy, and helpless in the situation, and at times, these feelings can become overwhelming. It is important to know that there are others in this same boat that could benefit from talking about it. He also speaks on the importance of checking in on your “battle buddies,” who may not be taking the current affairs lightly. We must all band together to make sure our loved ones feel heard and protected.
Two resources that are available 24/7 that he mentions are:
Military/Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 then press 1, or access online chat by texting 838255. It is confidential and serves all Active, Guard, and Reserve members as well as veterans and their families.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors: Call 1-800-959-TAPS.
View Nagata’s message below.