After the fall of Afghanistan, local veterinarians steer the ‘roller coaster of anger’ by supporting each other

DANBURY – It’s the kind of anger that ranges from stiffened rage to waves of betrayal and defeat; and though emotions may be inevitable for veterans when a country where they served falls to the enemy, the destructive consequence of that anger is not inevitable.

That’s the perspective of some post-9/11 veterans who gathered at Danbury Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 149 this week to share how they work through their painful feelings about the fall of Afghanistan and the August 26 ambush that killed 13 Americans. service members and 180 Afghans.

“We were always taught to suck it up and move on – and there’s something to be said about it, because that’s how you get things done, but there’s a point (in civilian life) where you can not do. and you need to reach out to the people who can help you, “said David Vieira, 39, of New Milford, a six-year veteran who served in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.” If you have not, what we have, which As far as people you feel you can go to for support, it is absolutely important and critical to contact (Veterans Administration).

The reason: Without the unconditional support of a veteran group or mental health services available through VA, fleeting emotions triggered by events like those in Afghanistan can become self-destructive and life-threatening.

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