Veterans work to process Taliban takeover
As the nation and the world watches the fall of the Afghan government and the Taliban takeover, veterans who spent two decades working over seas are experiencing a lot of confusion.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) —As the nation and the world watches the fall of the Afghan government and the Taliban takeover, veterans who spent two decades working overseas are experiencing a lot of confusion.
“You just can’t, you can’t believe that it’s happening. That we did all this work, and then it’s just, it was just over that quickly. It just, it was shocking,” Matthew Chesser, a Marine Corps veteran, said.
Chesser did two deployments to Afghanistan back in 2010. Thousands have put their life on the line to create a better life for the people of Afghanistan and to train the Afghan army.
Now, with the Afghan government crumbling within a matter of days, Chesser said there’s a lot of confusion and a lot of questions.
“I don’t just blame the U.S. government for that, I blame the Afghan government because they just handed it over. There was no fight. We spent all that time there training the Afghan army, the Afghan National Army. They just gave it up,” Chesser said.
Thousands of U.S. soldiers paying the ultimate sacrifice on their mission.
“We lost quite a few guys there. You know, we had marines wounded. We had marines killed.,” Chesser said, “People that I knew that I was close to, and looking back on it, you don’t want to think that their death was in vain that it was for nothing. ”
Chesser said he along with many other veterans is just trying to make sense of it all. Reminding himself and his fellow veterans, the countless deaths and the years of service, weren’t for nothing.
“We may not have agreed with the war, but while we were there, we did protect those people. We may have saved more lives by being there when we did, than if we were never there at all,” Chesser said.
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