New Veterans Survey shows Afghan resettlement has the most support.
For retired Green Berets like Matt Coburn, who made five tours to Afghanistan, the war is not over.
“Once everyone was gone on August 31, we were trying to keep them alive,” Coburn said, referring to the Afghan elite commandos who could not get through the gates of Kabul airport. “The big hurdle we faced is because they were all fighting till the end, none of them had planned to leave and had not applied for special immigrant visas. They have no status, And a lot of them don’t have passports.”
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He and other US military veterans are still working tirelessly through privately funded groups to protect their translators and commandos, like we talked about at Fort Dix New Jersey. He is a senior Afghan officer who joined the Afghan Army in 2002, was trained by the US Special Forces Three Group and helped set up the Center for Excellence and the Afghan Commando Training Program.
The event was the pride of American military generals who always featured journalists and diplomats visiting their elite training camp south of Kabul. The officer asked anonymity, but with Coburn’s help, he managed to make it to the airport and escaped to Afghanistan on August 26 with 39 extended family members, many of whom worked for the US government.
“They told me I had to go to the airport, so I left the house and stood in front of the front gate for two nights,” the Fort Dix evacuation told Granthshala News.
Others were left behind and are now being hunted and tortured by the Taliban.
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Coburn receives text images via WhatsApp almost daily that show what the Taliban is doing to those left behind. Images of female Afghan soldiers with bruises on their backs, arms and legs from where they were struck with a rubber hose. A video surfaced of an Afghan officer working with an elite US-level unit killing him and his entire family. Afghan forces are being cordoned off and simply vanished.
Another picture shows a soldier slitting his throat in Kunduz province, who was killed by the Taliban while searching for his commando brother.
President Biden promised to continue the evacuation even after the US withdrew.
“Secretary of State Blinken is leading continued diplomatic efforts to ensure a safe passage for any American, Afghan partner or foreign national who wishes to leave Afghanistan,” Biden said in remarks at the White House on August 31.
Those efforts have been slow, and more than a month later, thousands of Afghan interpreters and commandos are hiding and waiting. They think the Biden administration is coming to save them.
Unlike the Afghan army, Special Operations commandos fought the Taliban until the end, even serving as a shepherd to Kabul airport to help the Americans escape. He didn’t have time to apply for SIV visa to save himself.
The State Department says it has evacuated 105 US citizens and 95 lawful permanent residents since August 31, but says it is difficult to verify manifests for private charterers who need their help on the ground.
State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, “Many of the passengers were not actually eligible to relocate to the United States and, in some cases, that to the best of our ability, the manifests were not accurate.”
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The issue of Afghan resettlement enjoys bipartisan support among veterans.
A Consortium of 25 Veteran Nonprofits Formed welcome to us To show his support for resettling Afghans in America.
A new survey of veterans from Blue Star Families and Welcome US found:
• 77% said that the United States has an obligation to help those fleeing Afghanistan.
• Of the respondents serving in Afghanistan, 46 percent have already taken action to help Afghan refugees.
“What I have found is that the Afghans who live in our country are very grateful to be here,” former Army Ranger Nick Palmisciano, who is part of Welcome US and Save Our Allies, told Granthshala. want to race. members of the society here.”
Palmisiano and members of the Independence Fund recently visited Fort McCoy, where 12,000 Afghans are still awaiting resettlement. Most of the evacuees are women and children. Save Our Allies, a partnership between The Independence Fund and The Mighty Oaks Foundation, has hundreds of veteran volunteers working at all 8 US military bases housing 53,000 Afghans.
Palmisiano explained why it is so important for the old people to help resettle and welcome Afghans: “We need something that is good to come out of this mission, and the only thing that can come out of this mission is Good that the people who embraced it. American ideals who want a better lifestyle can be met if we work together. This alliance is a veteran community saying this is something we can influence. can, no matter what.”
It is a promise to allies and Afghan friends whose family members risked their lives for the US government during 20 years of war, and it is helping veterans heal. But these veteran groups say time is running out, given the Taliban attacks and the examples of torture and executions of Afghans who helped the US.