In-Depth: Veterans struggling amid chaos in Afghanistan, how you can help

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — As we continue to see the heartbreaking images from Afghanistan, many veterans who served there are left wondering if their sacrifices were worth it. Many of whom lost friends serving alongside them.

National Executive Director of AMVETS and Rochester native Joe Chenelly joined News10NBC to talk about the mental toll the fall of Afghanistan is taking on veterans.

Chenelly served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was there when the U.S. flag went up over the American embassy in Afghanistan for the first time.

News10NBC Anchor Jennifer Mobilia asked him about the struggles he’s been hearing from other vets and soldiers, whether or not there has been an increase in calls to the crisis hotline, what the signs of trouble we should be looking out for in our loved ones who have served are, and how to start the conversation with them to make sure they’re OK.

News10NBC thanks all of those who have served our country.

If you are a veteran in crisis or are concerned about one, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. The number is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained professionals. It is free and confidential.