Iraq Veterans for Iraq Refugees
I caught this report over at Huffington:
I'm on the first day of a rapid-fire visit to Jordan, the kingdom in the Middle East which has provided a safe haven for an estimated 750,000 refugees from Iraq who have traveled the shorter but more dangerous route to get here.
I'm traveling with a small delegation from the newly founded Iraq Veterans Refugee Aid Association (IVRAA) -- co-founders of the organization, Luis Montalvan, a former US Army captain, and former US Marine captain Tyler Boudreau, plus photographer Paul Park -- on a mission to try to assess the situation faced by Iraqi refugees, and the burden that hosting those refugees has placed on the Hashemite kingdom.
We also hope to work out what, if anything, we can do to help provide relief to either or both.
And when I did a quick google search I found this link Iraq Veterans Refugee Aid Association (IVRAA), which is placed in the quote above also.
Visiting the link you will find it's their fundraising site and more information:
A Personal Message from Physicians for Social Responsibility
The Iraq Veterans' Refugee Aid Association (IVRAA) is a newly established non-profit organization set up by two veterans of the Iraq war, former Marine Capt. Tyler Boudreau and former Army Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván.
IVRAA is sponsored by the Nobel Peace Prize award-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Your tax-deductible donations will be routed through them to IVRAA.
The two founders of IVRAA recently co-authored opinion articles about the Iraqi humanitarian crisis that were published in:
"The Seattle Times" , scroll down just abit to read the LTE.
They will author articles and hold media briefings during the trip and afterwards, aimed at boosting awareness of a side of the Iraq war that has long been overlooked, if not ignored: the mass displacement of the Iraqi people which has resulted in their loss of humanity and dignity.
Your tax-deductible donation will help IVRAA launch this first humanitarian mission, during which Boudreau and Montalván will:
** Assess the situation faced by Iraqi refugees;
**Educate the public as to the urgency of the humanitarian crisis;
**Establish workshops for Iraqis seeking asylum in the United States;
**Render assistance to Ali, an Iraqi refugee who has languished in Jordan for two years after aiding the US military as an interpreter;
**Report the findings of the mission to heighten awareness to develop new relief strategies.
Unlike missions by veterans of wars past, the IVRAA visit will take place as the Iraq war continues.
At their donation site you can Grab a fundraising widget, or grab it right here with this link, to place on your sites to help them out.
This is Tyler Boudreau's - Deeper Than War Blogspot.
And this is apparently Their Face Book Page
Meanwhile inside of Iraq:
Tens of thousands of Iraqis found shelter in government and abandoned public properties after the U.S.-led invasion upended their lives. Now the government has ordered many out of their temporary homes, from Kirkuk in the north to Basra in the south, worsening Iraq's already enormous problem of displaced people.
Veterans, doing once again what we've done before, sadly after we participated in the destruction, helping the people who's lives were destroyed, or trying to. But It Is A Great Step Forward, same step that helped alot of 'Nam Vets and the Vietnamesse people, either those going directly back to Vietnam or the brothers supporting them!!