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State legislators reflect on how Afghanistan withdrawal affects Washington

The Associated Press file
Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, and Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma

Troops from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been involved in Afghanistan throughout the conflict these many years. And The News Tribune is reporting that an Air Force plane from JBLM was one of those flying people out of Kabul on Monday.

Although this is a story unfolding in central Asia, it has implications for the Northwest, too – for the military, veterans, refugees and community organizations.

KNKX’s Ed Ronco spoke with Rep. J.T. Wilcox, the Republican leader in the state House of Representatives, and Rep. Laurie Jinkins, the Democratic House speaker, about the impact in Washington state.

Listen at the link above.

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.