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ONLINE: Charlie Pacello and Chuck Blocher: A Gathering of Warriors
Warriors are sworn to preserve and protect. They run into danger, while others flee. They are best suited to respond in times of crisis because they have already served in the zones of hell, and their purpose is to serve and sacrifice for the good of others. At the same time, having been exposed to violent threats, they are vulnerable to increased trauma and breakdown.
The Fall of Kabul mirrored in many ways the Fall of Saigon, ending a never-ending war in Afghanistan, with the Taliban regaining control, leaving many who served in this war feeling betrayed by our leaders, and full of anger and shame over the abandonment of those who helped us and trusted us. Like Viet Nam, many are asking ‘What was it all for?’ This month, our Gathering of Warriors is focused on healing our fighters and their families who served in this campaign, and who are confronting the sorrow, shame, grief, and moral injuries accumulated over many deployments. We will discuss and share how the War in Afghanistan has impacted and changed us as a people and nation. We invite all who love our men and women who served to join us for this very important evening of healing.