From our brother Sami:
"I started fighting back in 2010 with 101st army Airborne Artillery Unit and then moved to First tank Marine than 310 Marine, 2-9 Marine, until 2012. In 2012, I started to work for (SOJTF-A ) special operation joint task forces Until August 2015. Came to America and went back to work with Rangers from 2018 two August 15, 2020.
After the evacuation started I started to work as an instructor in evacuation process and New Mexico and El Paso"
Sami started volunteering with Flanders Fields last year in Texas and has been a huge asset and interpreter for us while resettling SOF that only speak Dari or Pashto, as well as a resource vetting stories to validate needs.
Sami has drained his savings supporting his parents and his brother's family still stuck in Afghanistan, and has recently been hit with a very unexpected $2,500 medical bill after a surgery.
You may remember him from Ben's LinkedIn post below:
Here’s an unexpected story about an Afghan Special Forces dude, and you’ll wanna read to the end.
First, he’s the tallest Afghan I know, and I know a bunch.
Second, and more importantly, the day he was old enough to legally do it, he decided to become a soldier to defend his country alongside Americans against the radicals.
But not just any solider. This dude spent twelve years fighting evil with America’s most elite forces. Nightly capture/kill raids were not only a part of life for him, it’s how he earned his living and it’s where he found his calling (fighting evil and saving women and children) and his love for Americans.
He was able to immigrate to America some years back, confident his little brother, also a special forces soldier, would continue following his footsteps and join him here.
He started with literally nothing, and he moved on to live out the American dream, having built a nice life for himself now.
In his words, “America is truly the land of opportunity. Hard work is rewarded here in ways it is not elsewhere. You get out of life in America exactly what you put into America”
Sadly, his brother’s US Gov promised visa is still stuck in a bureaucratic hell, and he’s dodging Taliban who want to kill him and his family instead of living out his own American dream.
Here’s the unexpected part:
When we got asked to assist the community of Uvalde after the horrific events at Robb Elementary, this man was the first one to call me and ask how he could help.
He got a team of his Afghans in America, all former soldiers, ready to deploy to Uvalde and assist in literally anyway possible. He didn’t even need to know what they’d be doing, he just needed me to know they were ready and willing to serve.
That speaks volumes about the kind of men we’re talking about.
What speaks more is the fact I wasn’t surprised in the least that he was the first to reach out and that he’d already assembled a team of volunteers before he even knew if we needed him.
This wasn’t his first time volunteering his time and life to Flanders Fields, either.
Some folks understand living a life of service. Afghan SOF are those folks.
We must honor the promise.