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Statement from the Commissioner of Veterans Services

Read a statement from Commissioner Robert Santiago on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

As the United States withdraws from Afghanistan and the situation deteriorates with the Taliban seizing control, we recognize and honor the service, sacrifice, and commitment of the thousands of men and women who have served and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice over the last 20 years. Those servicemembers, veterans, and Gold Star wives and families may question the sacrifices made, and be distressed that they may have been in vain. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You have the loving support of family, friends, battle buddies, and of the Boston community.

For those who know someone who served in Afghanistan please contact them and make sure they are doing fine and ask if there is anything they need.

The Boston Office of Veterans’ Services stands ready to assist and provide resources to those who need it. This includes the Home Base program, the Boston Vet Center, the VA Boston Healthcare System, and other veteran service providers.

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit the Veterans Crisis Line website. For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.

The Boston Office of Veterans' Services stands ready to advocate for and assist our veterans and their families. We are here to assist in any way we can. You can contact us via email at or call at 617-241-VETS (8387). You can also visit our website.

Always remember you are not alone,

Robert Santiago 

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