Coping with Events in Afghanistan

Learn about strategies for managing ongoing distress

A soldier in AfghanistanThe announcement that U.S. forces would leave Afghanistan triggered a wave of emotions for many Veterans. What's happening doesn't lessen your experiences. We know that your mental, physical, and emotional wounds are deep. Learn what you can do to manage any feelings you're having.

It's good to consider if your thoughts are helpful to you right now. You may feel frustrated, sad, helpless, distressed (including moral distress), angry, or betrayed. You may be worrying about Afghans who worked with the U.S. military. And you may be experiencing an increase in mental health symptoms like symptoms of PTSD or depression. VA is here to help with a variety of resources. You can also sign in to My HealtheVet and send a message to your health care team about how to get the help that’s right for you.

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Updated August 23, 2021