In the hours before dawn in Kabul, before the daily crush and chaos resumes at the airport where tens of thousands of desperate Afghans and American citizens vie to reach transport planes on the other side of armed gates, the members of the #AfghanEvac group share information they hope will enable friends and former colleagues to escape the reach of Taliban revenge.
For retired combat officer Erik Edstrom, it took less than two months to realize that America’s war in Afghanistan was a complete disaster.
America has sent 2.77 million service members to war since 9/11. When they come home, are they getting the support they need?
Former U.S. Army infantry officer Erik Edstrom joins the BBC’s When Kathy Met Carlos to discuss the toll that combat takes on soldiers, and the failings of veteran care in the United States.
“Upon returning home, you see that the cost of war is a long arc.”
Dennis Laich and Erik Edstrom — What is the best way for Americans to honor and respect veterans’ sacrifices? There’s no single right answer, but there are plenty of wrong ones – including our “thank you for your service” culture.