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Veterans express mental toll over seeing what’s happening in Afghanistan

As news continues to be broadcasted about Afghanistan, veterans are thinking of their sacrifices and friends they lost when they were in the country.

Joe Chenelly, of Rochester, is a veteran who fought in the war in Afghanistan. He discussed the mental weight it’s having on veterans.

Chenelly was in Afghanistan the first moment the U.S. flag was raised over the American Embassy in Afghanistan.

Chenelly says he’s hearing his fellow soldiers struggle to watch what they’ve done for the last twenty years become undone in just days.

The crisis line has had a 9-10% increase in calls from veterans.

Chenelly said signs to watch out for are veterans distancing themselves, describe feeling numb, show depression, and to just talk with them and ask how they feel without pushing them.