Veterans gather for conversation about Afghanistan in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Veterans from across the Badger state came together Monday in Milwaukee for a conversation about Afghanistan.

The War Memorial Center hosted a 90 minutes conference, which featured a panel of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Vietnam.

This event was meant as a form of healing for those veterans who are hurting as they watch the chaos taking place in the Middle East.

Afghanistan veteran and Army Captain Jason Church says the past week has been a horrendous one for many who served.

“It’s been a really hard week, it’s been a hard week for a lot of guys and gals who served over there,” Church said. “It is making me relive a lot of the stuff that I experienced there. In fact it was so much so that I began to look back on some of the things that I had long buried.”

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Church says he lost both of his legs exactly nine years ago today during a tour in Afghanistan. His worry is on the those that must live under the control of the Taliban once again, as he doesn’t believe the group has changed at all.

“I find it hard to believe. Seeing the things they have done to people…I can’t express into words on camera what these people are capable of doing to a fellow human,” said Church.

Today was the first of two events scheduled for conversation about Afghanistan at the War Memorial Center. The next conversation is set for August 30th at noon.

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