I know the situation in Afghanistan is bringing up a lot of emotions and feelings within our veteran and military communities. My family and I, and our team at the Foundation, have been watching closely right along with you. Remember that no matter what you are feeling, you are not alone.
Earlier, my Foundation sent out an email with some updates on what we’ve been up to here at the Travis Mills Foundation this year. We have focused a lot on our recalibrated veteran family summer retreat program and it has been truly incredible to see veteran families bond over their unique experiences. It is times like these that we have to stay focused on being together with our families and battle buddies. We can lean on our support systems, reach out to our brothers and sisters for support, and check in as we navigate through the coming days and weeks.
I have served in Afghanistan and there will always be a part of me there. Our prayers go out to the Afghan people and our allies. To the veterans, active duty service members, their loved ones, Gold Star Families, and caregivers – please remember that our sacrifices were not in vain. We did our job and we need to be proud of that. Our service helped keep our families and our country safe for nearly two decades. Our service allowed the people of Afghanistan to thrive and create opportunities for themselves over the past 20 years. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I know together we can get through anything.
SSG Travis Mills
If you or someone you know needs support, below are some trusted resources:
Veterans Crisis Lines: 800-273-8255 or http://go.travismillsfoundation.org/e/876581/2021-08-18/nnxj5/366326156?h=9pFbvQh_w24rD582xizV2ipa8ym7RNXUQsa-QzBArq0
Military OneSource: militaryonesource.mil
Vet Center Call Center: 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
VA Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274
Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors: 1-800-959-TAPS
Marine Corps Distress Line: 877-476-7734