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Talking About Afghanistan — You Are Not Alone

Sedona AZ – Current events in Afghanistan have left many in our community feeling understandably upset. The mental, physical and emotional wounds are deep. You may be wondering about the impact of your sacrifice and service, or the service of those who deployed there.

You are not alone. Remember that what is happening now does not minimize or negate the experiences of all who served there. Countless answered the call of duty and did what was asked of them. Service is never for naught. Think about the times when valor and courage changed lives for the better. Or, focus on the present and what feels meaningful to you in this moment.

If you’re feeling this way, it will take time to process your feelings. Talking can be very therapeutic, whether it’s to a local chaplain, psychologist or someone you served with in the military. Do what feels right for you. There is not one way to think or feel or act. The important thing is to take advantage of available mental health care resources.

Remember that this is one moment in time and regardless of what comes next, we will get through it together.

The following resources are available:

The Real Warriors Campaign aims to break down the stigma associated with mental health care and encourages service members to reach out for help when they need it. Find articles with support resources, video profiles with service member and veteran stories, and materials to download or order.

The Psychological Health Resource Center is available 24/7 for service members, veterans, and family members with questions about psychological health topics. Trained mental health consultants can help callers access mental health care and community support resources in their local area. Click on the link or call 1-866-966-1020 for assistance.

The inTransition Program is a free confidential program that provides specialized coaching and assistance for service members, National Guard members, reservists, veterans, and retirees who need access to mental health care when relocating to another assignment, returning from deployment, transitioning between active duty and reserve component, preparing to leave military service, or any other time they need a new mental health provider, or need a provider for the first time. Click on the link or call 1-800-424-7877.

The Military Crisis Line, text-messaging service, and online chat provide free VA support for all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all veterans, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Click on the link to chat, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255.

TRICARE offers mental health care to all its enrollees. Click on the link to find out how and to find other links to mental health providers through the TRICARE network.

Military Medical Treatment Facilities often provide mental health services, including integrated behavioral health clinics. Contact your primary care manager to see if this resource is available at your local MTF. If it is, you can schedule an appointment same day.

Military OneSource can provide access to confidential Military Family Life Counselors in your community. Click on the link or call 1-800-342-9647. Military OneSource also provides resources so you can manage stress and access benefits and tools that will help you stay strong in body and mind. This page provides access to self-care mobile applications developed within the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and other partners. All mobile applications are free and for iOS and/or Android devices.

Visit these Health.mil and Tricare.mil Military Health System web pages for more information.

9 Comments

  1. Sedona Wings says:

    Don’t blame us we voted for Trump

  2. mshobert says:

    #SedonaWings – no wonder you remained anonymous. I wouldn’t ‘come out’ either – as a Trumper. #orangejesus

  3. Sedona Wings says:

    again you prove our points being in the 39% and dropping daily percent of Democrats polled continuing to approve the current policies because you can’t think and reason politically

  4. Sharyn says:

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  5. Kevin Schmugge says:

    China, Russia, North Korea don’t honor surrender flags, their codes of conduct are to exterminate those they conquer. Learn history.

  6. TinKo Lupe Chicago says:

    SEDONA friendly community

  7. Vickory Vickory Talk says:

    Bungled withdrawal by Joe Biden and his military pals reflect a deep need for voting him out because he never should have been voted in. Only one worse would have been nightmare diva Clinton. Stop scraping the bottom of the rotten DC power barrel and start looking for real good people regardless of party. Sinema turned out to be an Arizona keeper by both parties but Gifford’s husband proved he’s not pro Arizona or the southwest or the west but pro east coast DC, a New Jersey power climber looking for a DC job opening shouldn’t get the right to give Arizonans the middle finger, give him an old western boot and send him back east next election and represent Jersey.

  8. Mike says:

    Imagine this.

    Kept on the down low is China takeover of Afghanistan which ultimately will enthrone Chinese power over Russia.

    China and Russia will bring Afghans under control, but with a billion Chinese to cull and Ughars to despose of, China will eventually and efficiently relocate and reeducate and cut out its rot.

    China will pretend Putin’s Russia and Supreme Ruler Iran matter to its five year game plan, while knowing the two culturally compliant to one man power nations will be eliminated quietly and efficiently by unattributed pandemic warfare and tightening of necessary for survival supply chains.

    America will do nothing to stop it.

    China will finish what it started in America, having allowed enough time for the masses to finish destroying its cultural fabric of independence and equality for all with a desire for uniform conformity and government control sown by CCP controlled Big Brother Hollywood, Academia, Energy, Medicine, Agriculture, Supply Chains, Social Media Platforms, Government, Military Industrial Complex, Banks, and Apathy.

    Fact or fiction is a choice.

  9. Freddy says:

    The earth moved. Heard Jake Tapper of progressive left squad said Biden screwed up on Afghanistan and said he’s no right to be vaccine surly with nation. Jakey, fact versus fiction is moral place to be when reporting, glad to see you saw the light.

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