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Policy Paper

Afghan Allies Out of War: Addressing the Needs of the Afghan Special Operations Forces Community and their Families in the United States 

Erin McFee, Connor Christensen, Luke Magyar


This policy paper examines the challenges faced by ex-Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) soldiers who resettled in the U.S. after the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The research, based on interviews and surveys with 36 veterans, reveals leadership dynamics, evacuation disparities, family reunification struggles, language barriers, and psychosocial stress. The recommendations include designating ANASOC veterans for Special Immigrant Visas, streamlining family reunification, facilitating military service pathways, providing language and education support, and establishing comprehensive psychosocial service frameworks. These measures not only honor their sacrifices but also enhance national security, reinforce partnerships, and contribute to the American workforce.

Published: August 2023

To cite this publication: 

McFee, Erin et al. 2023. “Afghan Allies Out of War Addressing the Needs of the Afghan Special Operations Forces Community and their Families in the United States”. Trust After Betrayal. 

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