Iraq Veterans for Iraq Refugees

(10:30PM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

I caught this report over at Huffington:

US Vets Return to Middle East to Help Iraqi Refugees

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 International Herald Tribune”

“The Seattle Times” , scroll down just abit to read the LTE.

“The Daily Hampshire Gazette” recently wrote a piece about IVRAA

In These Times wrote a piece about IVRAA

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:

Squatters in Iraqi buildings fear they’ll soon be on the street

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!!


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  1. It is so good to know that something, anything is going to be done to try and help the more than 4 million refugees (inside and outside of Iraq).  It’s even more heartwarming to learn that two of our soldiers have created this effort to try and help for all that has been done to the Iraqis!

  2. …that folks mostly can’t learn the truth about what’s going on until after.

    Please, please, think.  Is there some way we (I’m 75 & been through this too long) can find to bring the truth to the troops, to the kids, before they have to see the horror, sometimes resulting in a “conversion”, a turning away from these barbaric ways of conducting ourselves.

    Lord I pray, may it be so.  Stop this destructive abuse.

    Thanks Jimstaro. Thanks Capt. Boudreau.  Thanks Capt. Montalvan.

    I wish I could have seen my harmful actions earlier also. How do we do it?  How do we provide that vision earlier?  

    • jimstaro on August 6, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Palestinian helps Iraqi refugees

    Jordan/U.S.A. – Writing this article from the third person is going to be impossible because of my experience with the subject matter at hand. I am an ex-Marine who was involved in the initial invasion of Iraq. My friend, who chooses not to have her name published, is a U.N. worker helping refugees in Jordan, many of whom are from Iraq. This article is about her experience and mine.

    And Visit Scotty’s, an Iraq War Vets blogspot: Returning Home From Iraq

    • jimstaro on August 6, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Iraq’s Surplus, Good for them!!!

    We blew their country up, we killed and maimed thousands, millions are now refugee’s within and in neighboring countries, We Refuse To Hold Those Accountable For Making Us Participants To Their Crimes Against Humanity thus We Are and Will Remain As Guilty!!

    We in the ‘Focus Groups’ told the 70plus% Supporters of this Madness, while being called Unpatriotic, Enemy Sympathizers, and a whole host of like labels, “What would happen if we invaded, and it’s turned worse than even we voiced, and continues!”, non listened untill it was to late.

    Some were very vocal in their attacks on us, most were completely silent, as to what would and now has been done In Our Names and for simplified Politics the Criminals will Walk Away Free with their Blood Wealth, bush is finally a success, as to how we label success in this country, Extreme Wealth, and We Own The Cabal’s Disaster, passed on to the next generations!!!!

    Our Responsibility, Not Theirs!!!!!  

    • jimstaro on August 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine (Feral House) will be released in September 2008 and is now available for pre-order.

    • kj on August 8, 2008 at 2:37 am

    this is just it

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