Resources available for veterans and servicemen affected by unrest in the Middle East

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – As tension is high in the Middle East, the military is feeling the emotional weight of it all. Another chapter has been added to the unrest after an attack Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, which left 13 US military dead.

“I really like asking the general public where, if you know of a veteran or service member that you can get in touch with, who checks them out. See how they’re doing. said the executive director of North Dakota Cares. Michelle Panos.

For those servicemen who served in Afghanistan, Panos and his staff want them to remember that they are not alone in this fight.

“If you’re struggling, you don’t have to go it alone. If you are currently an active member, speak to your chaplain. Talk to your chain of command. said Panos.

The North Dakota Cares team noted that mental and behavioral health has become an increasingly pressing issue in all branches of the military. Trying to help those who have served this country.

“It’s a good thing people are starting to want help,” Panos said. “And I know the military has been bringing this to the fore the last few years, so they’re going to be the first to reach out to their own soldiers and say, ‘If you need to talk to someone, we’re here for you. ”

There are a lot of resources available for those affected by what is happening in Afghanistan according to Panos.

” Listen carefully. Understand where they come from. Without any judgment. And assess what they need and help them right away. Said Panos.

Military OneSource: Support to military personnel and families on various issues 1-800-342-9647.

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

First link: simply dial 211 – a free and confidential 24/7 service for listening and support, referrals to resources / help and crisis intervention.

VA Health Care, Fargo: 701-239-3700

VA Community Ambulatory Clinics in North Dakota: Eight across North Dakota.

Veterinary Centers: Four in North Dakota. Provides counseling and education services to Veterans and families.

Wounded Warrior Project

TRICARE: (Military Retirees and Active Duty Members) Mental Health Provider Locator Line

TAPS: (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) -Support for survivors who have lost a family member of a military member.

Vets 4 Warriors: Peer support for a variety of issues.

ND National Guard Suicide Prevention

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