Operations

Operations

Situation

Throughout the Cold War, members of the United States military deployed around the globe in support of operations to prevent, mitigate, halt, or reverse the spread of communism.  While well-known operations and campaigns were conducted in Southeast Asia/Indochina and Central America, many less well-known operations and campaigns were conducted across Africa and South American.  All these operations involved indigenous units comprised of individuals who risked all to support the United States and its policies, and who believed that they would not be forgotten by their American partners. 

In South Vietnam, several million men joined national, regional, or local defense forces, and at least one million of them were killed and wounded between 1955 and 1975.  What happened to them and their families?  During the Easter Offensive of 1972, nearly 3,600 South Vietnamese Marines were killed or wounded in the recapture of Quang Tri City.  What happened to these individuals and their families?

If a South Vietnamese Marine was 20 in 1972, then he would be 60 today – if he survived the post war purges. 

During the El Salvadoran Civil War of 1979-1992, more than 5,000 El Salvadoran Security Forces personnel were killed defending the country from Marxism in support of US policy.  What happened to their families?   If a Salvadoran Policeman or his widow was 25 in 1985, then they would be 52 today – if they survived post war struggles.

More recently, the United States has engaged in overseas contingency operations to defeat radical Islamist extremists and those that support them and their terrorist operations and campaigns in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Iraq, and Somalia.  In support of these campaigns, members of the United States’ military have partnered with host nation forces as well as created local security forces with millions of personnel.

In Iraq, in Anbar Province, approximately 1,400 local police were killed by terrorists between 2004 and 2009.   What happened to the families of the fallen?  What support do they receive?  In addition to these martyrs, several thousand were wounded in Anbar Province alone – with tens of thousands more killed and wounded across the country.  What happened to them?  What support have they received? 

In 2006, the Ethiopian Armed Forces invaded Somalia in support of the US policy and the Global War on Terrorism.  Though they overthrew the Islamic Courts Union, they suffered in excess of 2,700 killed in the process.  What happened to the families of these fallen soldiers?  What about the wounded, what support do they receive?

The on-going Mexican Drug War has resulted in the deaths of 1,000+ Mexican Police, Soldiers, and Rule of Law professionals.  These individuals have families, some have widows and orphans, and all expect our thanks and support for fighting a war on behalf of the United States.  What has happened to the families of the murdered policemen or prosecutors?  Does anyone support them, or are they ostracized for fear that any who support them will suffer a similar fate?

Bottom line:  The US has encouraged several million men and women with millions of family members to support US policies and war efforts over the previous 60 years, yet has largely forgotten them, their previous sacrifices, and their current plight.   Our national amnesia must end now.  Fund for Fallen Allies will never forget those that risked all to help America’s men and women during their time of greatest need – whether in Vietnam, Iraq, or anywhere else .  We will find these individuals, and we will repay their sacrifice.

Current Operations

Main Effort: Iraq 

UPDATE JAN 22, 2017:  As a result of the campaign to clear ISIS from Ramadi and Anbar Province, a decision was made to destroy everything; thus, forcing civilians to flee and ISIS fighters to decide whether to stay and die or flee the area.  While Ramadi has largely been cleared of ISIS fighters, the entire city is in ruins, and no support has come from the central government.  This is a recipe for disaster, and will likely make the local population more resentful of the Baghdad elites; thus, ensuring that radical groups will be welcomed back in the future unless something changes.  

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UPDATE APRIL 19, 2015:   As a result of the recent fighting in Ramadi, Jassim Suwaydawi was forced to flee from his home along with his family members to avoid capture, torture, and murder at the hands of ISIS.  Abdul Rahman was shot in the leg and stomach fighting ISIS, and has been moved to Baghdad to recover.  With their displacement to Baghdad, FFFA operations in Anbar have been significantly impacted.  While we will be unable to directly get funds and much needed assistance directly into Anbar, we will still be able to support our former allies in their temporary shelters in Baghdad or Jordan.  

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UPDATE SEPT 25, 2014:  We continue to provide support to our fallen allies in Anbar Province; although, it is becoming increasingly difficult due to military operations to counter ISIL elements.  ISIL forces continue to resist GOI forces in the eastern-most portions of Anbar Province, and GOI forces continue to bomb and shell Garmah, Fallujah, and Saqlawiyah. This is causing significant damage as well as a large number of civilian casualties.  These operations will not likely result in the GOI securing the allegiance of the local populace.

We recently entered into a partnership with the Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Chuch in Iraq, and have provided funds to be utilized for the purchase of emergency supplies in Irbil and Baghdad.  We are currently collected funds to purchase solar generators to provide to displaced families from Anbar Province.  

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Beginning in the summer of 2012, Fund for Fallen Allies began communicating with several of the titular and lineal sheikhs in Anbar Province in an attempt to identify the numbers of orphans and widows of fallen police and soldiers in need of subsistence assistance.  Among the priorities has been the identification of the original governing council established in 2003, the members of the Anbar Peoples Council in 2005, and members of Thwar-al Anbar in 2005-2006.  These individuals represent those that stood first with the United States, and stood first against Al Qaida and radical insurgent groups.  As a result of their decisions to support the United States and the Iraqi Government, many of these individuals were murdered, kidnapped, or threatened with acts of violence.

Based on the information received, we believe that there are approximately 5,000 individuals in Anbar Province alone that require our support.  At $2.50 per day, this requirement will cost approximately $4.5 million per year to satisfy.  In addition, we are in discussions with the Anbar Governor’s Office, and believe that we will be able to improve an existing structure as an orphan and widow’s home for less than $250,000.  This structure will be further improved in order to provide employment for those that reside at the facility, thus creating a more sustainable project through agriculture and commercial projects.

We have established a target date of 1 June 2013 to commence operations in Iraq, with a supporting effort operating out of Amman, Jordan.  

UPDATE: As of 1 April, the Fund for Fallen Allies received the endorsement of the Anbar Provincial Council, Governor of Anbar, and Common Council of Sheikhs. All have agreed to support the efforts of FFFA.

UPDATE AUG 1, 2013:  On 1 June, the FFFA initiated support operations in the Sophia District of Ramadi in order to provide human security to the 22 families under the direct protection and care of Jassim Suwaydawi - the Lion of Sofia.  These 22 families include 108 orphans, all of which witnessed their fathers murdered by Al Qaeda.  Over the past 60 days, our efforts have allowed these individuals to secure sufficient food, water, and clothing to provide some measure of comfort/stability.  This assistance is not sufficient to provide indefinite comfort, and will need to be repeated in October in order to ensure these families do not struggle at the end of the year.  In order to provide sustainable assistance, the FFFA is currently raising funds to support the purchase of a solar power water pump, solar powered generator, community playground, and 10-20 sheep.  This will require approximately $22,000; however, will ensure the sustainability of this project, and allow the FFFA to begin efforts at the next target widows & orphans shelter in Anbar.  

UPDATE MAY 1, 2014:   We continue to seek assistance for those displaced by the current unrest in Anbar Province.  While former allies in the eastern portions of Ramadi witnessed the return of Al Qaida (ISIL) fighters; those forces have been pushed out by our former allies.  Large portions of Fallujah remain under the control of ISIL forces.  Regrettably, many within Fallujah have concluded that their former US allies have forgotten their sacrifices and assistance and that their government in Baghdad has no desire to provide any meaningful assistance.  Because of this, these individuals have decided to permit ISIL forces to utilize the city as their base of operations for attacking a perceived common enemy - the ruling regime of Maliki.  

Contact Us:  Please contact us with the name and location (as complete as possible), activity, years of service, as well as affiliation (police, army, government, etc.) of any individual that partnered with US forces that you suspect may need assistance.  Please attach any supporting documentation or photo images that will assist in identifying the individual.

 

Supporting Effort 1:  Vietnam

Beginning in the summer of 2012, Fund for Fallen Allies began communicating with partner organizations such as Catholic Charities, who currently operate within Vietnam.  Our efforts have focused primarily on the identification of individuals who participated with any of the local, regional, or national South Vietnamese Security Forces.  We have reason to believe that more than 50,000 individuals who participated in these forces remain in Vietnam.  Our initial efforts will be focused on providing a monthly stipend to those most in need, identifying and developing local implementing partners, as well as creating a database of all those individuals who supported the US between 1959 and 1975.

If our estimates are correct, then annual costs to support 5,000 former South Vietnamese allies will cost approximately $4.5 million per year.

We have established a target date of 1 October 2013 to commence operations in Vietnam.

UPDATE AUG 1, 2013:  We are in the initial coordination stages with potential partners in Vietnam, and believe we will be able to commence initial operations in Vietnam as planned late 2013.  Our initial efforts will focus on providing assistance to a school populated largely by the grandchildren of former South Vietnamese soldiers and Marines.  

UPDATE OCT 25, 2013:  We have entered a partnership with the Vietnam Children's Fund, and will direct all efforts toward supporting the Lewis Puller School in Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam.  

Contact Us:  Please contact us with the name and location (as complete as possible), activity, years of service, as well as affiliation (police, army, government, etc.) of any individual that partnered with US forces that you suspect may need assistance.  Please attach any supporting documentation or photo images that will assist in identifying the individual.

Future Operations

Fall 2015:  Commence full-scale operations in El Salvador

Contact Us:  Please contact us with the name and location (as complete as possible), activity, years of service, as well as affiliation (police, army, government, etc.) of any individual that partnered with US forces that you suspect may need assistance.  Please attach any supporting documentation or photo images that will assist in identifying the individual.

 

Spring 2016:  Commence full-scale operations in Mexico

Contact Us:  Please contact us with the name and location (as complete as possible), activity, years of service, as well as affiliation (police, army, government, etc.) of any individual that partnered with US forces that you suspect may need assistance.  Please attach any supporting documentation or photo images that will assist in identifying the individual.

 

Fall 2016:  Commence full-scale operations in Ethiopia

Contact Us:  Please contact us with the name and location (as complete as possible), activity, years of service, as well as affiliation (police, army, government, etc.) of any individual that partnered with US forces that you suspect may need assistance.  Please attach any supporting documentation or photo images that will assist in identifying the individual.

 

Spring 2017:  Commence full-scale operations in Afghanistan

Contact Us:  Please contact us with the name and location (as complete as possible), activity, years of service, as well as affiliation (police, army, government, etc.) of any individual that partnered with US forces that you suspect may need assistance.  Please attach any supporting documentation or photo images that will assist in identifying the individual.

 

NOTE:   WE ARE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED US.  IF YOUR FORMER PARTNER’S COUNTRY IS NOT LISTED ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT US WITH THE SAME INFORMATION AS REQUESTED ABOVE, AND WE WILL ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY THAT INDIVIDUAL OR THEIR FAMILY AND PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE SUPPORT.