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United American Patriots serves in one of the most unknown and forgotten areas of our country - UAP takes care of those military members who had the courage to put on the uniform and go into combat to protect our people, only to be court-martialed for violating rules of engagement or being too rough on enemy detainees.

Not too many people realize that since 2001, when we entered our current wars, an increasing number of honorable and well-intentioned fighting personnel have served literally at the tip of the spear of American foreign and national security policy, only to be jammed up and court-martialed as murderers by senior military officers who place their own career trajectory above protecting their warfighters who are Monday Morning Quarterbacked by efforts to placate host-nation leaders, left-leaning media, and politicians who only know warfare as an academic exercise rather than real flesh and blood.

An example, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals found that Clint Lorance changed the rules of engagement on his own to authorize his paratroopers to engage motorcycles on site. The problem: the jury found Clint Lorance not guilty of that offense. Then, senior Army legal officials and the Secretary of the Army's designee approved Clint Lorance's trial as correct in law and fact. This is probably because Brigadier General Joseph Berger, the Chief Judge of the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, stated in public in March 2018 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, that Lorance was a "bad apple," likened Lorance to 1lT Calley of the My Lai massacre, and informed the audience that Lorance changed the rules of engagement when the jury found that he did not.

This is a perfect example of senior military and politically-appointed leaders serving their own career rather than having the moral courage to do the right thing and protect and defend their junior warfighters - to at least ensure they receive a trial of all the facts and an appeal which does not turn an acquittal into a conviction.

Without UAP, none of this would have come to light. And, there is lots more UAP has done not only for Lorance and his family, but also for dozens of others.

Most recently, one 101st ABN soldier who was convicted of shooting an enemy prisoner in the back, killing him, and served 10 years confinement, received many UAP-funded benefits upon his release. These include new business clothing, a job, significant health care, assistance with rent, securing a place to live, assistance with transportation costs, and round-trip travel and tuition for PTSD and professional emotional and psychological treatments.

I am not aware of any other organization that would provide such critical assistance to those who have served in harm's way.

And, I understand that new executive leadership have a long track record of business successes, not only as a liaison on Capitol Hill for the Marine Corps, a Harvard MBA, business sucesses in private commercial consulting, but also during combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and points across the globe. The new CEO's Operations Manager is a seasoned non-profit professional as well.

Briefly researching the Board of Directors shows that among them, as former active duty military officers, they have served not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also the Pentagon, Iceland, Okinawa, Germany, the Balkans, Kuwait, Panama, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Japan, as well as installations across the United States.

If you think Leavenworth casts a long shadow over how our fighting men and women have to comport themselves, UAP is the organization you might want to consider sponsoring. They have achieved solid results for an underserved but important population, not only in legal victories, but also in putting the pieces back to together after combat, investigation, court-martial, confinement, and return to meaningful and productive places in civilian society.

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