Number of Veteran Crisis Hotline Calls Increases Amid Afghanistan Withdrawal

Number of Veteran Crisis Hotline Calls Increases Amid Afghanistan Withdrawal

( – There may be no way of knowing the full extent of the damage done by President Joe Biden’s botched handling of the final troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Some harms are painfully obvious, like the fact that an unknown number of American citizens and thousands of Afghan allies are still trapped in the country. However, recent reports suggest Americans at home, particularly veterans, sustained significant damage too.

The Washington Examiner conducted a review of phone calls placed to the Veterans Affairs (VA) Crisis Hotline during a time frame roughly coinciding with the withdrawal and evacuation efforts. The investigation revealed that operators received more than 35,000 calls over 17-days, ending on August 29.

That figure represented about a 7% increase in calls over the same period in 2020. The VA hotline received the most calls (2,570) on August 16, shortly after the Taliban seized control of the presidential palace in the capital city of Kabul.

The VA launched its annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Month on Wednesday, September 1. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness for veterans and family members about ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from this complicated health issue. According to a recent report, veterans receiving care from VA facilities experienced a 16.1% decrease in their rate of suicides.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. Alternatively, you can access online chat at

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