State Dept. nixed mental health aid for Americans amid Afghan evacuation: report

State Dept. nixed mental health aid for Americans amid Afghan evacuation: report


In the final days of the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan, State Department officials rejected the Department of Veterans Affairs’ offer of mental health services to those working around the clock to get Americans and their Afghan allies to safety, a new report claims.

According to Politico, a top VA official suggested the offer Aug. 26 after hearing that “a number” of State Department staffers were “experiencing much distress” after taking calls from people trying to escape Afghanistan before the looming deadline to remove US forces.

In an email to colleagues, VA acting Undersecretary of Health Steven Lieberman reportedly wrote that he suspected the State Department did not have “an effective process in place to deal with this type of distress.” 

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