Since the fall of Afghanistan, there has been non-stop, outpouring of support from both the veteran and non-veteran community to find a way to aid those stuck in Taliban-held Afghanistan. With no playbook and armed with only their networks and social media devices, heroes every step of the way have gotten our former interpreters out of Afghanistan.
The process itself has been nothing short of a miracle, but the real work is only just beginning as these refugees are going to be displaced to new countries with the clothes on their backs. I am raising funds for Zabi, who was my interpreter while I led a platoon in Sangin's Northern Green Zone for 1st Battalion, 5th Marines. He was a young kid, when he walked through minefields in the most dangerous place in the world, to help our Marines. The Taliban have been hunting him and his family for years as he has worked to evade them. We started the SIV process in 2015 and had immigration attorney, Darius Amiri, get involved in 2018 to try and get him out of Afghanistan.
We are not planning on limiting these funds to just one interpreter and his family. We are going to disburse to as many interpreters that we can. We have some that are still stuck over there and some that are here in the US in places like Louisville and Sacramento. Some are amputees, some have several children, some are just starting their families like Zabi and his wife.
Anything can help and we promise to judiciously use these funds to help launch and stabilize as many of these refugees lives as possible.
I am incredibly grateful to all those that answered the call to rescue these people from harm's way.