Evers embraces Wisconsin’s chance to host Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy

Taliban Allowing ‘safe Passage’ From Kabul In Us Airlift
Afghan citizens pack inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, as they are transported from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan. The Taliban swept into Kabul, the Afghan capital, on Sunday after capturing most of Afghanistan. (Capt. Chris Herbert photo)

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Gov. Tony Evers, noting that many Afghanistan refugees have helped U.S. military efforts in their homeland, welcomed Wisconsin’s chance to help them in return.
Evers issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging efforts to house some of the refugees at Fort McCoy, saying many of them “have bravely contributed to work in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

“Just as they protected us in serving our country and helped keep our troops safe, we owe it to them to protect and keep them safe,” Evers said.

“We have been in contact with federal partners about resettlement efforts for Afghan people who are seeking refuge at Fort McCoy,” the governor said. “Wisconsin is ready to assist these efforts and help these individuals who served our country and are now seeking refuge.”

Amid the controversy surrounding the U.S. drawdown and fury as Afghans scramble to leave their country to avoid Taliban reprisals, Evers cited the need for empathy not only for the refugees but also for Wisconsin service people who were deployed there.

“We also know some Wisconsinites who served in Afghanistan alongside these allies — as well as some of those who have sought safety in our state previously — may be experiencing trauma and anxiety as they watch these events unfold,” Evers said.

“We are thinking of them and are reminded today and in the days ahead to offer each other support, patience, and kindness and treat one another with empathy, respect and compassion,” he said.

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