Ukrainian native Vlad Finn and Army veteran Tyler Merritt, founder of the Nine Line Foundation, are risking life and limb to help orphaned children in Ukraine escape, what they are calling, “a modern-day holocaust.”
“The idea is to take them out of an area that is besieged and or very dangerous, right — shelling, gunshots, bad humans killing women and kids,” Merritt explained. “Get them out of those controlled areas.”
Merritt has seen action in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America and countries he could not name, but insists “nothing [compares] to what’s going on in eastern Ukraine.”
Finn, who once stayed in a Ukrainian orphanage himself, “serves as a translator and volunteer working to get orphaned children out from dangerous areas – often in eastern Ukraine – to safe points in western Ukraine,” Fox News reports.
“Let’s say this happened 15 years ago, 16 years ago — I would have been one of these orphans being rescued by Aerial Recovery and everyone that’s helping with these rescue missions,” he explained.
According to Fox News, “Over 600 orphaned children have been evacuated by the volunteers since the war began more than six weeks ago. Despite recent warnings that the already deadly war is expected to become even more brutal, the volunteers say they aren’t going anywhere. ”
“Where there’s a will there’s a way,” Merritt told Fox News Digital.
“They’re strategically targeting non-governmental organizations. They’re specifically targeting women and children, and they are specifically targeting news reporters,” Merritt explained. “You have mercenaries that are backing the Russian military that are doing things that no human should ever do to another human.”
The Nine Line Foundation is “dedicated to meeting the financial and specialized needs of severely injured soldiers and their families. In combat, Nine Line is an emergency medevac request, and is often the difference between life and death for the most severely wounded soldiers. Since 2013, Nine Line Foundation’s mission has been to serve in a similar manner, offering a lifeline once wounded veterans return stateside. Our goal is to rebuild, strengthen and enrich the quality of life of wounded veterans,” its website states.
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