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UNITED AMERICAN PATRIOTS INC

Rating: 4.47 stars   17 reviews

Nonprofit Issues (NTEE):

Crime & Law, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Address:

1800 Diaganol Road Suite: 600 Alexandria VA 22314 USA

Mission:

DEFENDING OUR DEFENDERS _____For over 12 years, UAP has been facilitating legal and transitional support for our Nation’s Warriors who have been wrongfully accused or convicted of “war crimes” or who have faced Courts Martial which have been improperly impacted by undue command influence. _____UAP funds our Nation's Warriors ability to receive: _____***The best legal defense; _____***Stipends while incarcerated to help with family needs, books, stamps, magazine subscriptions, education when VA benefits are lost, etc...; _____***Visitation from loved ones while incarcerated; and _____***Transition assistance to include PTSD treatment, counseling, employment assistance, health care, legal support, etc...

Results:

Below is a partial list of some of the value UAP has added in support our Nation’s Servicemen. None of the following would have been possible without UAP support via the Warrior Fund. _____***1. 1STLT BLAIR (NOT GUILTY): After some of the most intense combat in Afghanistan in 2010, First Lieutenant Shawn Blair was wrongly accused of 2 specifications of attempted murder, aggravated assaults, and other lesser offenses. With UAP’s support, Blair was found not guilty of murder and assault. _____***2. GYSGT HOGAN, SSGT FAGAN, AND MARLOW (CHARGES DISMISSED): Gunnery Sergeant Tim Hogan, Staff Sergeant Trey Fagan, and Mr. Michael Marlow – all part of U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) – were suspected of murdering a Taliban man. UAP provided support for the charges to be dismissed. _____***3. SSGT WUTERICH (CHARGES DISMISSED): Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich was the primary accused in the so-called “Haditha Massacre.” This was an extremely complex case which lasted six years. UAP provided continuous support for Wuterich to keep all of his civilian attorneys and enlist a graphic arts expert who made trial exhibits (animations and illustrations) which ultimately led to all homicide charges being dismissed at trial. _____***4. CPL SERNA (CHARGES DISMISSED): Corporal Jonny Serna and two other Marines were charged with murder of two Taliban combatants in Afghanistan. UAP provided support for three civilian defense attorneys to represent the accused and work together through the charged period. Charges against all three were dismissed. _____***5. SPC WAGNON (CHARGES DISMISSED): Specialist Michael Wagnon was charged with premeditated murder for the shooting death of an Afghan man. UAP provided support for Wagnon to have civilian counsel throughout the lengthy process and payed for experts and other unusual expenses during key pretrial motions. Murder charges were dismissed by the government just before trial. _____***6. SGT HUTCHINS (CASE OVERTURNED): Sergeant Larry Hutchins the squad leader in the “Hamdania War Crimes” case who was charged with premeditated murder. Hutchins was convicted and sentenced to 15 years. UAP provided support after the conviction which ensured a successful appeal and the case was overturned. On retrial, Hutchins was given time served and served no additional confinement time._____***7. SGT WILLIAMS (SENTENCE REDUCED): Sergeant Michael Williams was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years confinement. UAP provided support for a civilian attorney to represent Williams for the clemency and parole process. Michael was released after serving 10 years.

Target demographics:

Soldiers, Sailor, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines who have been wrongfully accused or convicted of “War Crimes” or who have faced Courts Martial which have been improperly impacted by undue command influence.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Dozens of our Nation's Warriors who have gone in harm's way on our behalf

Geographic areas served:

The United States

Programs:

The "Warrior Fund," UAP funds our Nation's Warriors ability to receive: ***The best legal defense; ***Stipends while incarcerated to help with family needs, books, stamps, magazine subscriptions, education when VA benefits are lost, etc...; ***Visitation from loved ones while incarcerated; and ***Transition assistance to include PTSD treatment, counseling, employment assistance, health care, legal support, etc...

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I am honored and humbled to be a part of UAPs great team and to serve, not only as the newest addition to UAPs Board of Directors but, as UAPs CEO.

As a Business Executive with a Harvard MBA, who has worked for Goldman Sachs on Wall Street, I have led and consulted for many highly profitable businesses. However, other than volunteering my time in support of different programs for Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, etc… this is the first time I have been intimately associated with the leadership, operations, and financial management of any Non-Profit organization.

Quite frankly, having heard some rumors from a disgruntled former employee, who spent a very short period of time as a UAP Board Member, I didn’t know what to expect. While that person’s assertions sounded far-fetched, especially for such a successful organization which has been operating effectively, with annual audits, for over 12 years, I proceeded with a critical eye.

After doing my own due diligence, which included a complete review of UAPs policies and procedures as well as another independent audit by a professional CPA firm, I was relieved to find the negative allegations against UAP where based upon either ignorance or malice by the person making the assertions as opposed to any wrong doing by UAPs Board.

I am consistently impressed with the professionalism, motivation, and the amount of time and effort contributed by each Member of UAPs Board and each UAP employee in support of those who went in harm’s way on behalf of our Nation and our Rights and who are now facing politically or ideologically motivated legal challenges.

As a retired LtColonel of United States Marines who enlisted at 17 and served 25 years, with operational deployments to Panama, The First Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq, I am appalled at how some of our Warriors have been second-guessed and unjustly accused of crimes for making the right split-second decisions in combat.

Thank God UAP exists to provide a fighting chance for those wrongfully accused.

I look forward to serving with UAP as we continue to “fight for right” on behalf of our Warriors and explore productive ways to expand the support UAP provides.

Very Respectfully,

David “Bull” Gurfein
LtCol. USMCR(Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer
United American Patriots

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

United American Patriots is a relatively unknown non-profit because they work for a small and growing group of both active and former military service members. They provide support to individual service members because when they and their mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters need UAP’s help it is for the worst reasons. These reasons are because their sons and daughters are in trouble and their families witness the abandonment and isolation of their sons and daughters by our senior military leadership. Consequently, UAP’s Defend the Defender program relies on small donners, the individual citizens scatter across the US who recognize the injustice of war crimes prosecutions as political scapegoating.
UAP helps, aids, and supports our military warriors and their families that have fallen afoul in combat of the politics of bad military strategy. UAP strives to maintain fairness and truth in a system where military leadership does not help.
UAP believes that the “war crime” cases they handle are actually political prosecutions of military service members that have followed their Rules of Engagement and fall under the combatant protections of the Law of War.
The unique issue produced by the Iraq and Afghanistan war is that the US Military has more of these war crime cases than all the other combined wars fought by the United States. This issue is a sharp contrast to our senior military leadership boasts that we have the best trained, the best equipped, and most intelligent armed forces in our history. UAP also believes that our service men and women are the best trained, equipped and intelligent warriors this country has ever produced. UAP is concerned, however, that “the best” qualification does not seem to apply to our general officers and calls out our senior military leadership on these conflicting messages.
Politicians speak in equivocations and make decisions and deals to narrow public scrutiny. The job of politicians is to move the public opinion needles between the American values of liberty and equality; between individualism and constitutionalism based on majority rule. General officers forget they are political amateurs in a two party system where the minority opposition party will always fire volleys of criticism at their decisions that test their intellect and their leadership metal. Today’s general officers seem to forget that the loudest item in the room is always the truth and that good decisions will stand up under scrutiny provided leaders have the courage to battle the criticism.
The interesting item here is that when it comes time to scapegoat the US warrior, the generals switch the rules from the battlefield Law of War to the constitutional Rule of Law. They use the Rule of Law to accuse the warrior of murder when the Law of War Rules of Engagement state that our warriors (combatants) have immunity for killing the enemy.
UAP bears witness to the judicial waterboarding of our warriors because our military leadership cannot make the political prosecute of our service member’s work without abusing the military judicial system. Washington DC politics have creeped onto the battlefield facilitated by our senior military leadership at the expense of the warriors, who are eyeball to eyeball with a treacherous enemy that does not take prisoners, tortures, and uses civilians as shields. UAP is the only non-profit dedicated to support and help our warriors who fall victim of this military judicial abuse.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

This organization is truly one of a kind in terms of providing resources for military members accused of crime in combat, that is, for doing what we expect of our Nation's Warriors and then being court-martialed for murder.

Over 12 years old now, UAP works with professional fundraising organizations to defend military servicemembers accused of crime in combat, that is, personnel who engaged in combat operations but for some reason, get court-martialed for murder.

Here are some examples of the support UAP provides - support that is not available anywhere else:

* UAP helps fund costs for experienced legal counsel with decades of military justice and civilian practice experience so that servicemembers accused of crime in combat stand a better chance of defending themselves;

* UAP provides stipends to military personnel who are incarcerated in the military prison in Leavenworth, to help with their family needs, books, stamps, magazine subscriptions, and to help pay tuition as VA benefits are often lost because of the murder convictions;

* UAP helps families travel to prison to visit with their incarcerated loved one; and

* Upon release from confinement, UAP helps with PTSD treatements, psychological counseling, job opportunities, health care, travel to in-patient rehabilitation programs, rent, transition assistance, and efforts to update military records.

UAP's current Board of Directors is comprised of:

1) A retired Marine Officer who saw combat action and also has a Harvard Business School MBA;
2) A Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve and former Senior Executive Service (SES) General Counsel for the US Office of Personnel Management who is also a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and has a MBA;
3) A retired Marine Officer who saw action in the Persian Gulf War and is now an IT professional and program manager;
4) A retired Human Resources Executive who had a successful 30-year career placing senior leaders in large companies; and
5) A retired Marine Officer who has litigated hundreds of courts-martial and is on the faculty of the widely respected "Trial Lawyers College" founded by Jerry Spence.

None of these Board members is compensated for their service on the Board of Directors.

The CEO is assisted by an experienced Operations Manager with years of work in the non-for-profit space.

UAP works with an audit firm, a CPA firm, a law firm, a professional fundraiser, a licensing firm, and several financial institutions to ensure legal and regulatory compliance and to be responsible stewards of non-profit dollars donated to defend military personnel accused of crime in combat.

In April 2018, one Board Member resigned only after a few months' service because apparently, she was unable to appreciate her fiduciary duty to the organization, comply with the Bylaws, and to positively address issues or help move the organization forward.

At this point, the organization is poised for growth and to mission expansion with new and experienced executive leadership at the helm.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

This organization, United American Patriots, is under new management. The Board of Directors fired the founder/president in February 2018 because of internal politics and the unsuccessful efforts of the president to get the board to work on the organization. This was done by a Phone meeting:, Their website has been "Under Construction" ever since.

During an internal audit, it was discovered that more than $200,000.00 could not be accounted for.

The treasurer/Secretary was fired by the then President in January 2018.

The Board of Directors includes two attorneys that receive substantial income from UAP because they hold the majority of cases.

This organization is dying. Please donate your hard earned monies elsewhere.

 
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