Montgomery County Council Statement on Current Events in Afghanistan

Per Montgomery County:

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 20, 2021

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 20, 2021—The Montgomery County Council issued the following statement in response to the current events in Afghanistan and the ongoing withdrawal of U.S. troops.

“The situation in Afghanistan has left many in our community feeling disheartened and asking what we can do.

“The refugees who have arrived in the U.S. with their families have risked their lives for years to support our efforts in Afghanistan in the war against terrorism, but now their lives would be at an even greater risk if they stayed in their home country. We appreciate the State’s support in welcoming these refugees and standing ready and willing to accept more.

“Our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with them. In this difficult time, we ask that the Montgomery County community continue to help us foster a welcoming and neighborly environment for Afghan refugees if they settle in the County.

“We also want to extend a reminder that this is a trying time for veterans and civilian residents alike. Seeing tragedy after tragedy unfold on the news on the other side of the world can be difficult, especially if you or someone you know, as many of us do, have a connection to Afghanistan and its people.

“We encourage veterans and impacted residents alike to seek support in this difficult time – know that County resources are available.”

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