Yesterday, over 160 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed by suicide bombs near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. At least 185 Afghans and 15 U.S. service members were injured. This news has sent ripple effects throughout our military community.
It is with deep sadness, frustration, confusion, and even anger that our community watches the Taliban advancement unfolding in Afghanistan right now. Our hearts break for our entire military community, and especially our allies in Afghanistan.
Military families deserve a seat at every table that deliberates the policies that affect their lives, whether common like housing or world-changing like declaring war. Now is the time to push for inclusion.
Spoiler alert: you do! We want to help military partners and family members tell their stories. At SFI, we know it is important to share our experiences to help bridge the military-civilian divide.
Secure Families Initiative hosted a panel called Beyond the Feel-Good Photo Op: Military and Veteran Families Speaking Out.
“Doing this without my “I love you, I’m here with you, we are okay, pull yourself together” person is not fun.”
In 2019, the Rand Corporation surveyed more than 8,500 Army spouses to identify the unique challenges of military life and whether the resources currently provided are meeting those needs.