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Calls to Veterans’ Suicide Hotlines Are Up Since Fall of Kabul

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Vets calls to suicide hotline increase since fall of KabulIn the chaotic final days of the war in Afghanistan, veterans have been huddling around kitchen tables and living room command centers trying to evacuate allies and interpreters who worked for the U.S. And these emotional days and desperate evacuation efforts are taking a heavy psychological toll on veterans—with calls to suicide hotlines up and veterans of the war in Afghanistan openly admitting that they’re facing some of their darkest days.

Already, some who were deployed to Afghanistan have died by suicide over the last few turbulent weeks.

One of those people is Mark Longley, who worked for the Department of Defense in Afghanistan from 2012 through at least 2014. He died by suicide on August 14, his friends told The Daily Beast.

One of Longley’s former colleagues—Andrew Strutt, who worked on cybersecurity for the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan—said he didn’t know exactly what triggered his friend’s suicide.



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