The following is a message from HVAF President & CEO Brian Copes (who served in Afghanistan):
My thoughts and prayers are with my fellow veterans and service members who served in Afghanistan. I want to affirm for our veterans and service members; and their families, friends, and supporters; that the extraordinary devotion and sacrifice put forth in that war were not in vain. The mission of protecting America from terrorist attacks WAS successful. Let not your hearts be troubled for we served well and faithfully and did all that was asked and required of us. Be at peace, and content that you served with honor and courage.
I echo the President’s thoughtful remarks in his address to the Nation:
“I want to recognize the incredible sacrifice and dedication that the U.S. military and civilian personnel, serving alongside our Allies and partners, have made over the last two decades in Afghanistan.
I want to honor the significance of what they’ve accomplished and the great personal risk they encountered and the incredible cost to their families: pursuing the terrorist threat in some of the most unforgiving terrain on the planet … ensuring there hasn’t been another attack on the homeland from Afghanistan for the last 20 years; taking out Bin Laden.
I want to thank you all for your service and the dedication to the mission so many of you have given, and to the sacrifices that you and your families have made over the long course of this war.
We’ll never forget those who gave the last full measure of devotion for their country in Afghanistan, nor those whose lives have been immeasurably altered by wounds sustained in service to their country.”
If you are experiencing distress, anger, sadness, and other emotions right now, please know that you are not alone. I urge you to reach out to your fellow veterans, friends, family, and us at HVAF. We are here for you.
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