An Afghanistan combat veteran from New York found an anonymous note on his car’s windshield calling him a “murderer”.
Matt Zeller found the hateful note on Sunday. It read:
You should be ashamed of yourself. You are a murderer if you “served” in Afghanistan. I hope you watch your child starve and die in front of you, as you have done to the people of Afghanistan.
1. Zeller tweeted a photo of the note writing “Left on the windshield of my car @Safeway. Seriously?!?”
In an interview with Fox News, Zeller, who is an author and alternative energy consultant, said that he reported the note to the police, but explained that they could not do much, as leaving a note is not a crime. He said:
I have no problem if you disagree with the war and my service. That’s your right, I went to war to defend that, but leave my child out of this.
Zeller added that he has received an overwhelmingly positive response since he tweeted a picture of the note to his more than 1,000 Twitter followers.
2. Zeller (pictured) said the writer of the note made him angry, but he vowed to “take that anger and do something positive with it”.
Zeller said that whoever wrote the note made him angry, but he said he would “take that anger and do something positive with it”. He added:
I’m going to channel it. I’m going to use it and motivate it to work that much harder, to help these Iraqis and Afghans, who I consider and others who serve consider, to be veterans, to get resettled here.
Zeller co-founded “No One Left Behind” — an organization which helps Iraqi and Afghan war interpreters to get settled in the U.S.
3. Zeller (left) is co-founder of “No One Left Behind” — an organization helping Iraqi and Afghan war interpreters to get settled in the U.S. (pictured, Zeller with his former interpreter Janis Shinwari).
No One Left Behind assists those with Special Immigrant Visas, which are issued through the U.S. Department of State to people who have worked with the U.S. military as interpreters or translators in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the non-profit’s website.
The organization’s Facebook page explains that, once given a visa, many interpreters or translators, along with their families, move to the U.S. with very little.
No One Left Behind provides them with the “basic necessities of successful American life”, such as furniture, kitchen utensils, school supplies, and “when possible, transportation”.
4. An Afghanistan war veteran finds a hateful note on his car.
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