Aristotle once asked - What is just? In response, he famously answered - To give each their due. After a decade of combat and stability operations across the globe, we must ask ourselves if those that supported the US during its darkest days are now receiving their due. Like tens of thousands of Vietnamese regular and irregular defense forces before them, many of our former allies in Anbar, Iraq now find themselves impoverished, and unable to better their station as a consequence of their support to US civ-mil operations. In addition, the widows and orphans of security personnel killed in support of US civ-mil operations across the globe remain vulnerable and dependent upon the charity of state and non-state institutions.
The current government of Iraq, like the government of Vietnam, has not demonstrated an ability to sufficiently meet the demands of these people, nor does it appear that they will be able to in the near future. A similar fate likely awaits thousands of regular and irregular security forces and their dependents in Afghanistan. During operations, we depended upon the unconditional support of these people for our success.
We must now demonstrate that their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their spouses/fathers will be remembered and rewarded, and that there are no expiration dates on relationships with the USG and USMC. We must demonstrate an enduring commitment to our allies if we are to pursue the support of indigenous security forces in future conflicts. This effort is no different nor less important than similar ones targeting US veterans and their families.
The Fund for Fallen Allies seeks to remedy this situation, and provide our current and former allies and their dependents with their due.