Dear WDVA Team:
On this Patriot Day, September 11, 2021, we remember the lives lost in the tragedies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and near Shanksville, PA. We also honor our first responders who tirelessly searched through rubble and debris for survivors. Following September 11, thousands of our friends and relatives, maybe even you, enlisted into our Armed Forces and swore to defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Because of events unfolding in Afghanistan, this year’s 9/11 observances may feel different. I know that many of our brothers and sisters in arms have heightened emotions and may be struggling with incredibly difficult questions about their service.
Here is what I know for sure. Your service, the service of your family, friends and neighbors is as appreciated now as it was while you were serving. Just as we came together as a Country in 2001, this is our opportunity to come together and support our veterans and their families.
Please, reach out to the Post 9/11 Veterans and Families in your life. Spend some time asking whether they’d like to talk, and let them know that we have their back. Also keep an eye on those who served in other wars, particularly our Vietnam War veterans.
There are many resources to help you and our veterans and families, all you need to do is ask.
Local Resources Include:
- WDVA Counseling and Wellness: https://www.dva.wa.gov/veterans-their-families/counseling-and-wellness
- Washington State Employee Assistance Program: https://des.wa.gov/services/hr-finance/washington-state-employee-assistance-program-eap
The Federal VA has a number of resources listed on this page: Afghanistan: Let's Talk About It | VA Northern California Health Care | Veterans Affairs
Thank you to all our team members who care for our veterans and thank you for your service and sacrifices to our WDVA veterans and their families.
LOURDES E. ALVARADO-RAMOS “ALFIE”
My Pronouns: She/Her/Veteran
Washington Department of Veterans Affairs