“Mr. Sappenfield’s emotions rise and fall with each message from P, who tried and failed three times to reach the Abbey Gate, one of the Kabul airport’s main entries, during the American evacuation. ‘I tell my students in 11th grade that they are the only ones who can betray their integrity. It’s theirs to give away if they choose to lie or cheat. But in this case, someone else broke my word for me. It just irritates the heck out of me.'” For most of us, the Afghan evacuation is a story that’s over. But for many vets, the fight goes on. NYT (Gift article for NextDraft Readers): These U.S. Veterans Won’t Rest Until They’ve Kept a Wartime Promise. (This story is both deeply depressing and very inspiring.)