Military Vet Bypasses Biden, Creates Nonprofit to Get Americans Out of Afghanistan
Lt. Col. Perry Blackburn founded has already rescued almost 1,000 individuals
A retired U.S. Army, Special Forces soldier, fed up with Joe Biden's lack of effort to rescue Americans trapped in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, has set up a nonprofit to bring Americans and allies home.
So far, AFGfree, which Lt. Col. Perry Blackburn founded, has already rescued almost 1,000 individuals.
"We are first in, last out," the AFGfree website says.
"You can help."
Blackburn said the network is made up of nearly 400 veterans, not just military veterans.
"It is anybody that has a touch point in Afghanistan," Blackburn said.
"Like those who worked with NGOs, State Department, military, U.S. aid workers, civilian workers, doctors, nurses – we've come together and galvanized in networks of people."
He added the organization is currently in touch with approximately 2,200 people in Afghanistan.
Blackburn said he is in contact with 43 American citizens and legal permanent residents trapped in Afghanistan.
"People contact us every single day, by the bunches," he said.
Since Blackburn started his network he has rescued over 970 people from Afghanistan.
"All the networks need is money to contract aircraft, to keep the promise of getting our Afghan partners out of Afghanistan," Blackburn said.
"And that means people that are documented, and the families that are attached to those documented people."
Blackburn and his colleagues met with state Department officials last week to open a dialogue so that we can get our partners safely out of Afghanistan," he said.
He added they intended to "leverage the State Department and their capabilities," including "any political capital they have with third-party countries."
"You don't understand how bad this situation is going to get unless we open the borders, which are closed because of our actions, and the State Department has to understand that," Blackburn said.
"Our actions have created this, had closed them down, because the borders weren't closed before we started retreating."
State Department officials realized that "we are truly working with a lot of people, and we are serious about it," Blackburn said.
"What we have, that some of them don't, is the passion for it," Blackburn told Fox News.
"We're dealing with passports and processes. We're dealing with people."
Blackburn explained that administration officials are trying to figure out what a "private-public partnership could look like."
"We're just moving much faster than they are," Blackburn said.
Earlier this month, Neon Nettle reported that Project Dynamo founder Bryan Stern claimed the Department of Homeland Security is blocking an evacuation flight carrying 117 Americans and Afghan allies.
Stern claimed 117 people, including 59 children, are stuck at Abu Dhabi airport.
"They will not allow a charter on an international flight into a U.S. port of entry," Stern said.
The report said that the travelers include 28 American citizens, 83 green card holders, and six holding Special Immigration Visas.
A volunteer helping to rescue Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan slammed Biden claiming there are still many more Americans trapped in the country.
Army veteran Jean Marie Thrower volunteers to rescue Americans and Afghan allies abandoned by the U.S.Thrower blasted Biden for his catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"Definitely, there are more than the hundred that is being stated," Thrower told Fox News.
"We have multiple groups working together with teams with rosters of people, and we continue to scrub those rosters to make sure we know where these people are at."