Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement in response to today’s attacks at Kabul airport in Afghanistan:
“I am heartbroken to hear the news of U.S. servicemembers and Afghan civilians who were killed in today’s Kabul airport attacks. My thoughts are with their families and I continue to pray for the safe evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies still on the ground.
Thousands of Los Angeles County residents have served as military personnel, non-governmental and healthcare workers in Afghanistan during the last 20 years ─ some of whom are currently in Kabul, assisting with the evacuation efforts. Many have established relationships and connections to the Afghan people and allies with whom they served alongside. What is currently happening on the ground in Afghanistan is devastating with many feeling a sense of grief. Others are traumatized and concerned about the well-being of their friends and family. Furthermore, loved ones of fallen service members who served in Afghanistan are experiencing similar agony.
To that end, Los Angeles County has available resources to assist with this tragic and evolving situation. On Tuesday, August 31st, I will be introducing a motion that seeks to provide assistance to returning American personnel and new arrivals from Afghanistan. We stand ready to aid in humanitarian efforts that support the well-being of everyone impacted.”
The motion would direct the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health, other relevant County departments, the California Department of Veteran Affairs and the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, to identify and coordinate all available resources for Los Angeles County Afghan veterans and returning military personnel, including outreaching to loved ones of fallen service members who are impacted by the current events.
In addition, the motion would direct the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Office of Immigrant Affairs, in collaboration with the Chief Executive Office, the Office of Emergency Management, and all relevant County departments, state, federal, and non-governmental agencies, to provide a written report back in 30 days on the following: 1. An assessment of any eligible services that the County can provide to newly arrived Afghan nationals, including but not be limited to cash aid, medical and mental health care, workforce development and immigration legal assistance. 2. A coordinated execution plan to expeditiously link and provide the services identified above to newly arrived Afghan nationals, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations and those who plan to resettle in Los Angeles County.
To view the full motion, click here.
Kimberly Ortega, (213) 361-6435, KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov