Approximately four months have passed since the Afghanistan withdrawal. Since then, Veterans across the country have grappled with figuring out what it means to them. For some Veterans, these last four months could have felt like a painful slog. For others, it could have felt like a chaotic blur that whizzed right on by.

We know that every Veteran will process the withdrawal from Afghanistan differently.

This episode of Borne the Battle features four intrepid Afghanistan Veterans who discuss how they processed their own emotions as the Afghanistan withdrawal unfolded while reflecting on their service. The four Veterans are:

During and after the withdrawal, Kupryk thought about what he would have done differently. Huffman experienced the withdrawal with a therapist by her side. Sharp thought about the war in Afghanistan within its broader historical context, while Bell coped by using humor.

In the end, no Veteran should ever have to feel alone. If this Borne the Battle roundtable resonated with you, please consider parsing through your own experience with fellow Veterans. To learn more about group counseling services, talk to a representative at your local Vet Center.


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By Calvin Wong is an intern with VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. He studies History as an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis.

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Published on Dec. 6, 2021

Estimated reading time is 2.4 min.

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  1. Josh Porte December 8, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    I have just about unsubscribed from most things VA. At 75 I find that the VA has little impact on older vets or those that live “under the bridge”. The incredibly complex IT system currently in place (and getting worse) is great for the IT junkie, but the average “Joe Schmoe” just gets lost in the press this, password that, special number this and an endless IT journey that is so unnecessary and has some of us just throwing in the towel. I can navigate somewhat but the VA has mangel to exclude, with IT complexity, those that need help the most. The homeless, the one’s living under the bridge, those just hanging on. It would be interesting to note just what percentage of Vets are signed up and or use the VA sites. Time to simplify and give all vets an opportunity to connect with assistance. I will stick with my primary doctor who is accessible with one phone call and a friendly,..how may I help you,…in person. Semper Fi.

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