September 24, 2023


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Military victims of terror deserve better from their country

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Richard Paul Brewer of Falmouth is a retired U.S. Marine. He is a recipient of the Navy’s Accomplishment Medal, the U.S. Division of State’s Excellent Honor Award, and a Purple Heart.

When $7 billion of Afghan money was frozen previous August to continue to keep it out of the arms of the Taliban, all those of us who have been associated in advocacy for terror victims assumed it was clear that President Joe Biden would direct some of the money to be deposited into the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (USVSST). Soon after all, the fund was created by bipartisan congressional will in 2015 for this specific situation just after a lot of a long time of tough do the job.

But considerably to our dismay, President Biden dictated through an executive get that none of the frozen revenue would be dispersed through the fund. Alternatively, $3.5 billion would be distributed by the New York court technique to a disproportionately little subset of U.S. terrorism victims, prioritizing a find handful of at the expenditure of countless numbers.