My name is Andrew MacNeil and I am a former US Army Special Forces Officer. I have started this campaign to raise money in order to help my friend and former Afghan Army counterpart Mirwais and his family escape Taliban persecution and land safely in the United States.
I first met Mirwais at the Afghan Special Operations Training Academy in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2015. We quickly developed a strong friendship and very close working relationship; I remember being immediately impressed by his intelligence, professionalism, and candor. After several months of working together, I was able to work through the State Department to bring Mirwais to the United States for a week to visit our own US Army Special Operations training institutions. I remember seeing the excited look in his eye as I took him around Washington DC and North Carolina; he was enamored seeing how beautiful and safe America was and was incredibly hopeful that one day he could help bring Afghanistan closer to that future.
Sadly, however, that dream will not come true for Afghanistan in this lifetime. And with the pending withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan on August 31, Mirwais and his family are now in imminent danger with the Taliban actively seeking out and killing Afghan nationals every day who supported the US military and ~20 year long quest for democracy in Afghanistan.
The money raised in this campaign will be used to pay for Special Immigrant Visas for Mirwais and his family, travel costs to flee Afghanistan, and hopefully some starter funds to help their family start a new life in America. Thank you for your time and consideration.