Help Mohammed Gulab start over
Seeing widows come in and attempt to dissuade people from helping this man is probably one of the most depressing examples of human ugliness I've ever seen. No one is taking anything from any of you, there is absolutely no reason to come in here and hate on this man's attempts to make a new life other then naked crab-bucket style spite because "no one helped me". Oh and that last bit is complete nonsense by the way, y'all did receive money, lots of money, nearly half a millions each at the minimum. I had to review my death benefits multiple times every time I deployed to Afghanistan and I know exactly how much my wife would have received if I hadn't made it back.
Ms. Lucas, I am sorry for your loss and I am truly appreciative of the sacrifices your husband and your family have made for this country. However your husband had a mission to save one of his own, but unfortunately he did not get to complete that mission. But by some miracle that mission was completed by Mr. Gulab. Maybe you haven't read his story or maybe you have some sort of bias towards him because of what happened to your husband. But this man has suffered for his brave actions, he too has sacrificed immensely. He did not shoot down that helicopter, in fact he fought against the very people responsible. He saved a mans life and in the end that man has been corrupted by greed and money. If Mr. Gulab had it his way he would still be living in the mountains with his wife and 7 children, running his timber business and living in peace. But unfortunately he can not return and now lives in a country where money is everything. If you'll take the time to realize this fund was set up with the help of Joe Fairchild, an Army Veteran who has a long history with Mr. Gulab. So please open your mind and your heart to this man, as so many others have.
Ten year Vet. Reading the comments from the Dependents below is truly a disheartening display of apathy and a reflection of what I believe to be the worst traits humanity has to offer. The man who set this up was a service member. The man it is for is a man who lost his entire world, his entire life, and a good portion of his family to provide help to a stranger. If he could sacrifice all of that without hesitation, I can sacrifice this weekends beer money. Don't be monsters. Be human. Be helpful.
Army veteran here who deployed twice overseas. I just still don't understand why Luttrell hasn't stepped up and offered to pay for this convenient store. He sure painted a rosy picture of the relationship he had with Mohammad on the Lone Survivor movie and all the follow up interviews when it suited him and he was making millions off the story. Until I hear an answer from him I'm going to continue leaving these tweets and Facebook messages. This man saved your life and was driven out of Afghanistan as a result while you've found your fortune and live comfortably. Time to make up and help him out now that he's in need.
Wow. I'm surprised this is even a discussion. I feel for the losses experienced by all sides and admit that i may not have all the information. That said the families need to lay off of Mr. Gulab. It's been said but it bears saying again. Yes i think we all get that you've had to continue to support your families despite your losses but you do so in the country you grew up in and all of its familiarity and ease of navigation, speaking the language, with the support of friends family and nation never having to run for your life or suffer the stresses of enduring living in that state and for extended periods of time. You are not on equal footing so I'm having a hard time understanding your negativity to a man who at the very least deserves honor and respect for his actions but instead has had to darned near beg for asylum, had to leave part of his family behind, defend his own life, lost his livelihood, his home, his country, members of his family, live in poverty in India only to wind up in a C class 4 bedroom apartment in Texas with no job and on government assistance. No job because he can't speak the language and from what I've read can't read. He could not be in a more vulnerable situation. What he should be is in therapy. Even if he was getting money from Marcus, unless it was hundreds of thousands (it should be a million or two), he's been on the run for his life and trying to take care of a large family. That's not cheap and he wasn't wealthy to begin with. Whatever book and movie deals there were I'm pretty sure he wasn't well versed in contract negotiation. Are you insinuating that he at some point was living comfortably and squandered his modest fortune on luxuries? It seems to me that it is only Mr. Luttrell that has millions. I don't begrudge him that but it says a lot. Whether his story was embellished or not should only be marginally important. What is important is how the man he owes his life to is treated. Personally i would not have rested until i knew he was ok. Mr. Gulab's actions in saving Mr. Luttrell says a lot about his character: self-sacrifice, honor, bravery, humanity...nothing close to resembling greed which is what you impute and that's shameful. Well done Mr. Gulab. I pray for you to have continued strength and perseverance and that you find peace and happiness with your family. The world needs more people like you.
When I first looked at the page it said the primary person for this fund was Joe Fairchild. Meaning Mohammed did not set this account up himself. I'm quite sure he wouldn't have had idea what what GoFundMe even is.. And let's not pretend like there ARN'T GoFundMe or other donation pages for veterans out there, I've donated to them as well. Nobody is saying this man is more important than our own citizens or soldiers. Anyone can create a GoFundMe and everyone has a right to donate to who they seem fit.
Rhonda Lucas, and if your husband was successful in his mission, and then his family, meaning you and your son were put in danger DAILY, I am 100% positive your outlook on this entire event would be completely different. Your husband was a volunteer. A "combatant". A person that knew, understood and still did his duty. This man was just doing the right thing by honoring his oath that life, all life to him is sacred and under his roof, his will and life are to protect the lives of his guests as well. Guests eat before family does. They drink before family does. They are protected before and by family. That is their way. Our way in America was to root for the underdog. To give when we could. To wish others hope and safety. While I make no excuses for Gulab, it is quite hard, near impossible to be relocated to an entirely new world, and assimilate immediately. Because he did the honorable thing and saved one of ours, we should all be honorable and recognize his struggle. If you don't wish to give, so be it but calling this insane is a stretch.....
I am friends with this family and after reading these mean posts I can say you clearly don't know them or how they are living. He is most certainly NOT living better then most Americans and he is not greedy and infact doesn't ask for anything. It's sad that people would feel the need to speak ill of a hero.
I too am a widow from this same mission and I can tell you that all the details have NOT been shared. I know the Luttrells personally and know first hand the amount of help, support and financial assistance they have provided for this family and the village. Marcus has not been over run with greed, he gives more back than anyone knows nor should have to know along with providing for his children, wife and family. To me it seems as if Mr Gulab is the one who is becoming overrun with greed. Why is it the Luttrells or America's responsibility to set this family up. If you knew the real reason the Taliban wants him you may feel differently as it's not for his aid to Marcus. The reporter who wrote the story was given this info but chose not to include that in his story along with other information. How does Amercia think its better to "Give" him the Amercian Dream when the rest of us work hard for it and we have countless of our own Vertrans who are homeless? When did our Vertrans and Surviving families become so much less important and when is thousands and thousands of dollars, aid and gifts enough?
Like the rest of the widows below...I had a family member too that died on this mission. After reading the article we do feel collectively that Gulab although he has done a very noble thing and very heroic... He seems to have allowed the fame of a book and movie go against his original good deeds....he has a Gofundme for 650K ..I believe if I was in his position I would be tremendously thankful he is now here with his family out of danger and certain death. There are many Middle Eastern families that were given this apportunity.. Our goverment has helped him several times throughout the 11years since this tragic event...and the State has financially Cared for him for a year... now his benefits are expiring this month and this story comes out, along with the Gofundme. The American Dream is obtained and built with sweat and tears...and hard working individuals...there are thousands of immigrants in this country that don't know English that are working hard and building their lives. As the surviving families of ORW, collectively we are tired of everyone benefitting financially from a mission that ended tragically. let these men rest. If every time one of our active duty elite soldiers went out there on a rescue mission and firefight and when they saved lives....expected the American people to donate to them...we would be in debt as the country...like Mr. Gulab, our men and women in uniform are too volunteers to sacrifice their lives so we can have our FREEDOM. I wish the best to the Gulab family.
Really! A go fund me page? I'm the widow of Navy Seal Jeffrey Lucas whom was on the helicopter for the rescue. I do not feel the need to request funds for my families loss of my husband and father of our son in the aid/recovery mission of Marcus Lutrell and neither should you! Seriously people stop the insanity.
John, I think you need to break out your glasses and take another look at what all of us wives are saying. Not one of us is upset that we aren't getting any money. In fact if you asked every single one of us we would gladly give that money back if it would change the outcome of June 28, 2005. What we are collectively saying is not "pity us" in fact it's us all saying he's been given and given and given to so at what point is he expected to participate in his own success? I work a 40 hour week just like many others in America and never have I said to anyone "you owe me". As wives we believe the American Dream should be worked for. Not to mention that Mr. Gulab is only NOW coming out in opposition of Marcus' account because his money is about to run out. My guess is if the money was still filling his pockets he wouldn't try to discredit not only Marcus but the men who died trying to save him. Until you have lost a spouse to war save your speculations on what we as wives have lived through and been provided.
I am the surviving spouse of Jeffrey Scott Taylor who was aboard the helicopter sent to rescue Marcus when it was shot out of the sky by a rocket propelled grenade. The thing about the truth is there are 3 sides to every story and unfortunately those telling theirs at this point are seeking fortune and fame at the cost of allowing real heroes to rest in peace. Had no one survived this mission the stories would always be here-say and honestly in many ways they are now. The choice to rescue Marcus was a noble and no doubt difficult one but at the same time it was a choice made with no expectation of anything in return. Isn't that what the truth of a gift is? We give and do because it is right not to be done in the hope it will bring us something. That defeats the purpose and shows greed in the initial deed. I have no interest in the ins and outs of Marcus' relationship with Mr. Gulab but at one point they were as close as family and now it seems what strains all relationships has done the same here. Money is truly the root of all evil and the downfall of great men. Where once they shared parallel views on the account of his rescue money has become the great divider. Marcus, the state of Texas and the United States Government have told Mr. Gulab that if he wants to survive in America he will have to do like the rest of us and work for it. How is that wrong? When Jeffrey was murdered I never asked for anything and 11 years later that truth still stands. I worked before Jeffrey was killed and went back to work after he died. I live a simple life. I ask for nothing, I expect nothing, I hold my hand out to no one for anything. I live my life in silent honor of these men's sacrifice while Mr. Galub would like this nation to foot his 650k dream. Pardon me but that is beyond ridiculous to me. There are jobs and opportunity and from what I hear he lives better than most Americans now. I don't wish him anything but the best but he is just as capable as the rest of us to work for what he desires. Sadly the American Dream has turned in to a handout and begging for money from others instead of actually participating. It's unfortunate that people would support someone who won't even support themselves.
Mr Kasper, I do not need reminding of what my husbands job was. Im not asking for money, fame or a thank you for our sacrifice as is Mr. Gulub. I'm also, not saying what Mr Gulub did was not brave and noble. What I AM saying is...what makes a noble deed un noble are a mans actions after the deed is done.