Wisconsin Veterans Secretary Mary Kolar: You are Not Alone


Wisconsin Veterans Secretary Mary Kolar: You are Not Alone

MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar today made the following statement:

“I watch with concern the reaction of veterans across the state and country to the insurgence of the Taliban following the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan. I would like veterans who are experiencing anxiety, rage, anguish, or other mental health consequences due to the unfolding events in Afghanistan that we have resources available to help. You are not alone.

“In addition to the state and federal resources available, Wisconsin’s Veterans Service Organizations and others in the veterans community are doing important outreach during this complicated time to their fellow veterans who served in Afghanistan. Wisconsin has a strong veterans community and I am always proud of the support and assistance we provide to one another. Now is the time for a buddy check.

“Finally, l offer my support to our federal partners at Fort McCoy who have an important mission as they aid Afghan refugees, those who risked their lives in support of American troops.”

Resources for veterans who are in mental health crisis:

  • Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit www.veteranscrisisline.net
  • Per the USDVA, you can get connected with mental health care—no matter your discharge status, service history, or eligibility for VA health care. If you need support for a specific mental health problem—or if you’re having problems sleeping, controlling your anger, or readjusting to civilian life—you are not alone. To access free VA mental health services right away:
  • Contact one of the WDVA’s local veterans outreach and recovery coordinators. These individuals are trained to assist veterans who have mental health and other needs. Call 1-800-WIS-VETS or visit https://dva.wi.gov/Pages/benefitsclaims/VORP.aspx.

About the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs works on behalf of Wisconsin's veterans community — veterans, their families and their survivors — in recognition of their service and sacrifice to our state and nation. For more information,visit www.WisVets.com.