Emergency Support for Afghan Interpreters
VTN is accepting donations to provide shelter and support to interpreters in Afghanistan awaiting evacuation to Canada.
To Donate Online to Support Afghan Interpreters: Click Here
To Donate Via Cheque:
Please make cheques payable to:
Veterans Transition Network
#622 – 470 Granville
Vancouver, BC | V6C 1V5
Include “Afghan Interpreters” in the memo line
Tax receipts will be mailed within 3-4 weeks of receipt.
Other forms of Donation:
We can also accept wire transfers or securities, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds. By donating these directly, there is no capital gains tax (so don’t convert to cash prior to donation). Please contact email@example.com to arrange.
*Please note: VTN unfortunately cannot issue tax receipts for donations from US citizens, unless they have reported Canadian income with the Canadian Government.
In early August, VTN joined a network of veteran-led volunteer organizations collectively named the Afghan Strategic Evaluation Team (ASET). The members of this group have been coordinating efforts to support the care and evacuation of vulnerable Afghans and their families. These Afghan interpreters and civilians served the Canadian Armed Forces during Canada’s long mission (2001-2014) and saved countless Canadian lives. Our duty now is to save them from Taliban revenge killings and other reprisals simply for helping Canada.
Our team is led by Canadian veterans with significant operational experience, including three retired Major-Generals who commanded NATO and Canadian missions in Afghanistan, special forces veterans, retired senior journalists, and business leaders. Our group also includes experienced organizations like Aman Lara, Afghan Canadian Interpreters, and Building Markets, all with significant immigration and/or in-country expertise. The Veterans Transition Network joined this group to act as the fundraising and financial arm to support these efforts.
To date, our generous donors have rescued 1596 Afghans and words can’t express their gratitude, on their behalf thank you so very much.
Thousands remain at grave risk and must stay in hiding. Our mission to evacuate them continues to face many obstacles. CBC’s Fifth Estate highlights much of this struggle in a recent episode.
We continue to work against time to evacuate the men, women and children who remain in peril. Our safe houses shelter 125 people who are “evacuation ready” with all paperwork in hand, or extremely vulnerable and without options. We remain in constant contact with hundreds of others who must wait in vulnerable accommodation. We provide security, transportation and immigration assistance, while negotiating hard with governments for urgent evacuations.
Your donation will help perform the rescue. Over the past month we have been testing the viability of several air routes from Afghanistan to neighbouring “lily-pad” countries where evacuees can complete their biometric processing before travelling to Canada. These air evacuations look promising but we need your help to keep our allies safe until they can evacuate.
We still need your support to continue this important, ongoing mission to rescue our allies. All donations will be used to pay for our remaining safe houses, application support, ground logistics, security, and evacuation services for Afghan families.
Thank you for joining this unprecedented mission. Together, we will rescue those who saved so many of our soldiers, journalists, and humanitarian workers. We will help those who helped Canada.
On behalf of the volunteer veterans, journalists and NGOs working to evacuate Afghan civilians,
Cpl (Ret) Tim Laidler
President, VTN Board of Directors
VTN Executive Director