When the Taliban swept across Afghanistan as if the central government didn't even exist, it was almost like an erasure of history. Twenty years of war cast aside, as if none of it even happened, and the return of the Taliban to power for the first time since 2001 when the conflict began.
For the veterans who served there, this was also an erasure of their own personal history leaving them to question what they fought for and why. Individually, many veterans are processing what has happened over the last several weeks to try to understand what it means for the people of Afghanistan as well as what it means for them personally.
Connecting Vets reached out to a number of Afghanistan combat veterans in order to hear their reflections, their concerns, and their thoughts about what has transpired in recent weeks.
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