Fund for Fallen Allies is a non-profit organization: a 501c3 public charity. Our mission is to help those individuals who risked everything to assist the United States in our time of need.
We were founded in 2012 by a group of veterans of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and their spouses and family members, who wished to see a congruent level of attention, care and support provided to our allies as is provided to our own veterans. The vast majority of Iraqi and Afghani veterans, who risked all to support the US campaigns during difficult times, receive zero support from their governments, regardless of injury or hardship. The widows and orphans of fallen Iraqi and Afghan Policemen and Soldiers receive little to no support, and are left impoverished and with little hope. Unlike the governmental and non-governmental support network established in the United States to care for those men and women who serve in and out of uniform, their spouses, children, and surviving family members; Iraq and Afghanistan have a complete absence of appropriate veterans administration infrastructure. Not only are our former allies and their families left unsupported; often, they are ostracized by their communities for having supported the United States.
We provide basic food, shelter, and assistance to our former allies, their families, widows, and/or orphans. We provide immediate assistance to alleviate suffering, and then attempt to develop long-term local solutions to create sustainable and self-sufficient operations. We create a lasting mental model amongst former, current, and potential future allies that we do not forget those who support us in our times of need. We provide assistance to those who EARNED it.
Our funds provide the equivalent of a disability stipend to former allies necessary to feed, house, and educate themselves and their family members in countries where no such support network currently exists such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, El Salvador, and Mexico. This stipend is normally about $1 per day. This is NO different than the support provided to our own veterans in the United States via disability payments and other support. Our funds pay for housing for the orphans and widows of fallen allies left without shelter, and who are dependent on the generosity of other poor individuals in their communities.
For example, in the Sofia District of Ramadi, Anbar, Iraq, FFFA funds support 22 families led by widows caring for 108 orphans; all of which had their fathers murdered by Al Qaida. The funds have secured food stuffs, clothing, fuel for generators, and maintenance on their collection of homes. This support is provided with the full consent and oversight of the provincial authorities.
100% of every dollar you contribute goes directly to the country or project that you choose. We are supported entirely through private contributions from individuals, foundations, and businesses.
Most every veteran remembers an individual from the host nation that provided support, cultural assistance, or wise counsel to him or her during their deployment. Many remember walking shoulder to shoulder with a host nation partner willing to sacrifice all to protect them. Many remember sharing stories with their partners of their families, and of hopes for better days filled with all sorts of aspirations. These same veterans, and their family members who have heard so many stories that they feel as if they knew these people as well, know that those they left behind will not receive the recognition and support they earned without outside assistance. Fund for Fallen Allies provides a conduit to those individuals we left behind, a way to show our continued gratitude to them and their families, and a way to help their dreams and aspirations come true. We offer a way to show our most trusted allies during difficult times that we will never forget them. Fund for Fallen Allies provides an example of America’s greatness, generosity, and willingness to right past wrongs – regardless of the number of years that have passed.
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.
According to the Iraqi Ministry for Women Affairs - there are 1,000,000 widows and 4,000,000 orphans across Iraq
In Ciudad Juarez, there are 8,000 orphans as a result of the Mexican drug war
Between Dec 2006 and today, an estimated 1000 Mexican security and rule of law professionals have been killed in the Mexican Drug War
Between 1980-1992, approximately 7,000 pro-US El Salvadoran forces were killed combatting marxist rebels that threatened US interests
Between 2006-2009, approximately 2,700 pro-US Ethiopian forces were killed combatting Somali terrorists in support of US interests
Adam Strickland, Chairman & Treasurer
Diane Adams-Strickland, President
Amy Strickland, Secretary
Harold Van Opdorp, Vice Chairman & VP
Our Federal Tax ID is 45-5113814