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It’s been just over two years since our little group of volunteers helped rescue 750 Afghan Allies in Operation Pineapple Express. There is now a growing mental health crisis within our veteran community. I had a senior non-commissioned officer who had been part of Task Force Pineapple tell me he wonders if his service was worth it. “The whole country has forgotten what happened. What’s the point?” he said staring off in the distance.
Here’s a guy with multiple deployments, who’s endured more personal and professional hardship, seen more violence and more struggle than almost anyone I know of, and yet he feels like a stranger in his own country.
As veterans and military families, how do we find relevance when it seems our nation has turned the page on our service? How do we find our place?
Since those towers fell on 9/11/2001, it’s been the longest war in our nation’s history.
There are servicemembers with 10 deployments under their belt. Our