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Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal

 
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Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
Congressional leadership of both the House and Senate veterans affairs committees are expressing concern with the steep rise in calls to the Veterans Crisis Line in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and recent bombing at the Kabul airport, killing 13 U.S. service members.

Over 800,000 Americans have served in Afghanistan since October 2001, according to the Pentagon, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says calls to the Veterans Crisis Line increased as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August.

The Veterans Crisis Line is reporting an average daily volume increase of 6% for calls, 83% for texts, and 40% for chat messages since Aug. 13. However, some of the increased volume is due to broader promotion of the line as a catch-all resource and individuals who are not in crisis using it as a way to show general support for veterans or seek options to donate to relief efforts.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., the ranking member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, said given the deadly Kabul airport bombing, he is requesting answers immediately from VA Sec. Denis McDonough regarding the VA’s plans and preparation to support veterans during and following the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Moran sent Sec. McDonough a letter last week asking for a response by Sept. 13.

"Given [Thursday's] horrific events and now predictions of further difficult days ahead, I need answers immediately to my questions. The planning to care for our veterans must not replicate the disastrous lack of planning connected with our withdrawal from Afghanistan," said Moran in a statement to Fox News.

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Re: Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
As a three time participant in that fiasco, I understand the anger, depression, and feelings of futility. I am not to the point at which I need to call a hotline, but I AM pissed. I almost had it completely dismissed from my mind, until 13 U.S. servicemembers died. This is the shitpile cherry on top of a chunky diarrhea sundae.
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“They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.” - U.S. Army Paratrooper at Bastogne
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Re: Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
The Veterans Crisis Line is available for free, confidential support 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1 or texting 838-255.
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Re: Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano, D-Calif., did not respond to Fox News' multiple requests for comment.

He's out enjoying his vacation. He could give a shit about Veterans.
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Re: Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
As a three time participant in that fiasco, I understand the anger, depression, and feelings of futility. I am not to the point at which I need to call a hotline, but I AM pissed. I almost had it completely dismissed from my mind, until 13 U.S. servicemembers died. This is the shitpile cherry on top of a chunky diarrhea sundae.
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I agree.

And now the number has risen to at least 14. verysad

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Maybe tell them its fake, until we see the footage and bodies.
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Re: Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Mark Takano, D-Calif., did not respond to Fox News' multiple requests for comment.

He's out enjoying his vacation. He could give a shit about Veterans.
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He doesn't give a shit about Veterans. The whole Veterans Administration has a complete 'lack of care' attitude, in fact. This article pisses me off no end, because it portrays to 'the public' that the VA 'cares' so very much, when just ask a Veteran how much they care.

The crisis line? Oh yesssssss. They are very supportive and caring. And are helpful to those even in mild 'distress'. They have a wealth of resources at hand and can put Veterans in touch with local advocates who can help them in many if not most situations, for themselves or even family members who are not Veterans.

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Re: Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
As a three time participant in that fiasco, I understand the anger, depression, and feelings of futility. I am not to the point at which I need to call a hotline, but I AM pissed. I almost had it completely dismissed from my mind, until 13 U.S. servicemembers died. This is the shitpile cherry on top of a chunky diarrhea sundae.
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I agree.

And now the number has risen to at least 14. verysad

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Semper Fi, Marine.


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Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

“They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.” - U.S. Army Paratrooper at Bastogne
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Re: Congress signals concern over uptick in veteran crisis hotline calls after deadly Afghanistan withdrawal
Is our next adventure in Taiwan or China? Ehh, probably not. I'm guessing some shithole in Africa.
Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

“They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.” - U.S. Army Paratrooper at Bastogne





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