About Us

Our Mission

Task Force Pineapple mobilizes the veteran and citizen volunteer spirit to honor the promise to our Afghan partners through their journey to freedom.

In a nation of, for and by the people, we must never forget that if it weren’t for immigrants there would be no US. Our newest crop of Afghan immigrants are not starting from scratch, they were born idealizing values much the same as ours, they’ve fought for decades to realize what we often take for granted and they’ve bled next to us for a generation. TF Pineapple and our new immigrants are the personification of what is ensconced on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Our Mission Sets: A Holistic Approach

Safe Passage

An experienced guide will help provide safe passage for Afghan heroes as they transition from a volatile and dangerous environment

Relocate

Afghan heroes are relocated to a safe location where they will pursue legal status and reside in the country of their choosing

Resettlement

Focusing on the more long-term needs of Afghan heroes in the U.S. to help them fully integrate at the community level

RESILIENCE

Building resilience and readiness to ensure that Afghan heroes are self-actualized, ready, and able to operate from a position of strength and independence

Our Story

American Special Operations Forces veterans who served in Afghanistan were making their way as civilians – many applying the skills acquired during their service to new jobs in the homeland. They are business leaders, public speakers, social risk assessors, professors, but they all left a piece of their hearts in Afghanistan. They left friends there - brothers in arms, with whom they shared values and trust, with whom they broke bread and with whom they’d bled. The US had made promises to these brothers and sisters in arms and these Special Operations Vets, without hesitation mobilized themselves to support both the US Government and their Afghan heroes.

The best way that US Special Ops Vets knew that they could make a difference was to do what they do best, work through their contacts within the Afghan military contacts of those they’d trained and fought beside for a generation.

The catalyst for their action began with the call from an Afghan commando, who took a bullet in the face as he fought shoulder to shoulder with his American brothers, and for that was targeted for execution by the Taliban. They were hunting him as he hid with his wife and children. But his call was answered by the Green Beret with whom he fought and he was led, through the maze of civilians at the airport, to awaiting American troops who recognized the code symbol – Pineapple.

 

The best way that US Special Ops Vets knew that they could make a difference was to do what they do best, work through their contacts within the Afghan military contacts of those they’d trained and fought beside for a generation.

The catalyst for their action began with the call from an Afghan commando, who took a bullet in the face as he fought shoulder to shoulder with his American brothers, and for that was targeted for execution by the Taliban. They were hunting him as he hid with his wife and children. But his call was answered by the Green Beret with whom he fought and he was led, through the maze of civilians at the airport, to awaiting American troops who recognized the code symbol – Pineapple.

 

He was saved. He and his family made it out alive with the help of a retired Green Beret LTC and his team of Special Operations veterans who had come out of retirement to work in coordination with U.S. authorities. The US government didn’t reach all they’d wished and teams like TF Pineapple saw the gap they could fill. This is literally the great American story of citizens rallying to a national need. It’s one of the few things we experience these days that’s non polarizing. Americans, generous of heart and willing to risk all for those who are in need and share our values.

The Promise

These small groups of vets didn’t stop at saving one. They continue to honor the promise and save more lives. Their mission is focused now on assisting in the re-settlement of their partners in the homeland – our nation of immigrants is bound together by our commitment to democracy, freedom, and the inalienable rights of individuals. Our veterans are leading by example. The actions of TFP, like others, are honoring two promises, one to their unending oath of service and one to their Afghan brothers and sisters in arms, who’d borne the burden of battle for a generation.

The Vision

Recovering and Resettling deserving heroes, does as much good for the US as it does for those resettled. At a time when political polarization is at a peak, unifying around the values in our American DNA and across party lines just may be the therapy our nation of immigrants needs.

We’ve always been at our best and the most unified when joined together in a unified effort to put our values on display. This is the time for Americans on both sides of the aisle to join in the middle and to set differences aside to act on core American values – the glue that holds us together. It was but 20 years ago, on 9-12, 2001, our unity was on full display. Republicans and Democrats linked arms, race no longer mattered, no one cared who was rich or poor and every American’s heart was full of energy, resilience and patriotic fervor.

Our Committment

Due to TF Pineapples’ Vets honoring their promise, a new wave of immigrants will now have the chance for America to honor our eternal promise to those who find refuge on our shores. Every immigrant to our nation has had the same opportunity; to pursue the values so eloquently expressed by Jefferson in our Declaration of Independence; “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” For those who shared the burden of war with us.

TF Pineapple is not only committed to the immediate safety of our Afghan immigrants but is committed to the longer process of their resettlement and their integration into US society as contributing and grateful citizens and legal residents. This also the classic American story. Every single American that is not 100% native American has encountered and overcome challenges. We are a nation, whose success has hinged on these grateful new citizens and in every generation.

Support our Mission to Honor the Promise

Help provide safe passage, relocation, resettlement, and resilience for our at-risk Afghan Allies