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Caring for Afghanistan Veterans + Their Families

Afghanistan Events

August 24, 2021

The news coming out of Kabul and Afghanistan these past few days has been incredibly troubling for many of us, especially for the Afghanistan veterans, families, survivors and caregivers in Greater Des Moines (DSM) and across the United States. As an Afghanistan veteran I know I certainly have mixed emotions concerning what has transpired. Regardless of our opinion or view of these events, it is important for us to reach out and show our support for our troops, veterans, their loved ones and our neighbors. Some veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. Others may feel moral distress about experiences they had during their service. It’s entirely normal to feel this way, and you are not alone. Talk with your friends and families, reach out to battle buddies or connect with a peer-to-peer network.

If you or someone you know is having any difficulty or issues, there is help available. Please do not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Everyone needs it at some point in time. Below are some resources to help:

Find more resources for veterans living in DSM here.

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Timothy Perkins

Timothy Perkins is of Cherokee and Natchez tribal descent. Perkins has served in logistics, equal opportunity employment and education services. He serves as commissioner on the Governor's Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs and the Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Commission, as well as on the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, among others, and has more than 30 years of service within the military.