Amid Complicated Emotions over Afghanistan, Veterans Should Remember the Impact of Their Service

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The tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan cut especially deep as we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and remember how long we’ve been invested in that country. The campaign consumed the professional lives of many veterans, including me. Between June 2006 and August 2009, I deployed to southern Afghanistan twice for a combined 16 months.

All of us who served in Afghanistan made a difference. And not for one minute will I allow others to forget that. While it might feel like “20 years for nothing” right now, that is not how this story will end.

As we contemplate the price paid — the blood spilled and those lost — we feel anger and sadness. We can question whether our service had meaning and whether our brothers’ and sisters’ sacrifices were given for a worthy cause.

Read more at military.com: https://www.military.com/daily-news/opinions/2021/08/17/amid-complicated-emotions-over-afghanistan-veterans-should-remember-impact-of-their-service.html

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