American Veterans For Ukraine

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The war in Ukraine is the fight of our time. Ukraine's fight is America's fight. But support for Ukraine in America is under attack from outside of America and from within and now is the most perilous time for Ukraine yet.

Like a political candidate running for re-election, Ukraine must be publicly supported and defended to ensure victory. Ukraine needs a strong, trusted and nimble advocacy machine that can hit hard, fast and often.

Especially now, as extreme, anti-Ukrainian politicians have successfully slowed Ukraine funding and chipped away at public support. This has been compounded by assaults on Ukraine by powerful media voices from the far-right. The new war in Israel and Gaza have only further distracted and encouraged disengagement in Ukraine. Many are arguing that America will have to choose one or the other. Or, the border crisis or Ukraine. Or, or, or. It’s a false choice that must be combatted. Enemies of Ukraine must be challenged on every TV network, in every Congressional hearing, and on every social media platform.

Ukraine needs a powerful, coordinated, non-partisan, well-resourced advocacy machine led by trusted voices to drive communications, public support and funding.

American veterans are uniquely positioned to do that.

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We American veterans have a strong understanding, connection, interest and capacity to support Ukraine. We stand ready to guide, communicate and unleash that collective power.

The veterans community already strongly supports Ukraine. A July poll of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) members revealed Post-9/11 veterans overwhelmingly support Ukraine.


American Veterans for Ukraine Survey Results Screenshoot

67% of veterans support the U.S. involvement in Ukraine.


Our Mission Is Clear: Support Victory for Ukraine.

Our two main lines of effort to ensure that mission is accomplished are:

1. Driving public support for Ukraine.

2. Protecting continued U.S. Government funding for the war. We will also challenge individual high-net-worth donors to follow the lead of those who have already donated to support Ukraine.

The AVU Founding Team

Paul Rieckhoff - Founder and Vice Chairman of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), President of Righteous Media, Host of Independent Americans, National Security and Political Analyst for MSNBC and NewsNation, U.S. Army Veteran. Paul has been an outspoken supporter of Ukraine in the American media from the start.

Bonnie Carroll - Founder and President of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), TAPS Ukraine, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient. U.S. Army Veteran. Bonnie has TAPS programs operating now on the ground across Ukraine.

Matt Gallagher - Renowned Author of works including Empire City and Youngblood, celebrated journalist, U.S. Army Veteran. Matt was among the first American veterans to travel to Ukraine to personally train Ukrainian defense forces, and has reported on the war for Esquire and others.

Adrian Bonenberger - Author, Reporter and Editor for and others, Founding Member of Yale University Veterans Association, U.S. Army Veteran. Adrians's wife, Iryna Solomko, is a correspondent for Voice of America's Ukrainian Service. After helping his wife’s elderly parents escape Ukraine after the invasion, Adrian has made multiple trips from the U.S. to Ukraine with Matt and other American veterans to train and support Ukrainian forces on the ground.

Bottom line: We American veterans are ready to fight for Ukraine. And America. We are ready to lead. Like Zelenskyy, we just need ammunition.

AVU is structured as a program sponsored by TAPS International. TAPS is a 501c3 that can receive tax-deductible donations now.

Thank you for your time, leadership and support.

Slava Ukraini!

IRS Tax Identification Number for TAPS International is # 82-2135523


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Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Attn: TAPS International, American Veterans for Ukraine
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Arlington, VA 22201

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TAPS International
EIN 82-2135523
Capital Bank, MD
2275 Research Blvd, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20850
Routing Number: 055003340
Account Number: 118572768
Memo: For American Veterans for Ukraine

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