This post is from a brave Wife of a Navy Seal.
My name is Samantha Swarts and I’m the proud wife of Navy SEAL Chief Dave Swarts.
I know we’ve never met – but if you would move heaven and earth to protect your family, then I pray that you’ll understand why I’m writing to you today.
As you may know, Navy SEALs are one of the most elite special operations forces in the world – which means they’re usually the first ones sent into the most dangerous situations.
So when Dave got the call to provide training and support to the Afghan Local Police (ALP), I was thrilled. Finally a deployment where he wouldn’t be directly in harm’s way!
I never imagined that Dave’s “safest” mission would end in a nightmare…
But on May 31, 2012, the ALP brought in several Taliban insurgents for questioning about an IED blast that had killed one of their Afghani officers.
Dave and his team helped separate the detainees for what they thought would be routine questioning. But it quickly became clear the Afghani police didn’t want information – they wanted revenge.
The ALP guys began abusing the Taliban detainees – hitting, kicking, beating with antennas and hoses, and dropping rocks on them.
Dave and his team rushed to stop them. Not only did they take over the interrogation, they figured out that the prisoners were responsible for the deadly IED blast and should be further detained and questioned.
Unfortunately, the ALP commander instead decided to let their Taliban detainees go.
There was nothing Dave or his men could do.
And the next day, a rumor circulated that one of the Taliban who’d been let go turned up dead – and the SEALs were immediately blamed.
The Navy launched an investigation and after months of review board hearings and testimony, they finally determined that Dave and his team had done NOTHING wrong.
In fact, they determined that the SEALs’ actions actually settled a difficult situation and prevented further abuse.
And in November 2012, Dave and his team were officially found NOT GUILTY.
But THREE YEARS LATER, the New York Times published an article accusing the members of SEAL Team 2 of war crimes in Afghanistan.
The Navy launched a new investigation.
And now, more than five years after the incident, Dave has been charged with conspiracy to make a false statement, assault with a deadly weapon, obstruction of justice and wrongfully discharging a firearm.
If he’s found guilty, Dave will be sent to prison for 19 years.
19 years locked away in a prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
The irony isn’t lost on me. Every time that Dave deployed, I worried that he would be killed – and how I would tell our children that daddy wasn’t coming home.
Now to think that Dave might not come home because our government won’t stand up for him!
How do you tell your children that daddy isn’t coming home because our very own government – the one he’s risked his life to protect countless times – won’t protect him?!
I can’t even contemplate that answer because I have a bigger problem to solve… How are we going to pay for Dave’s defense?
Cases like Dave’s can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. But raising two children on a military salary means we don’t have a lot of money in our savings account!
So it felt like an answer to my prayers when I received a call from a retired Marine by the name of Major Bill Donahue who heard about Dave’s case and contacted me immediately.
His organization, the United American Patriots (UAP) helps warriors who have been unfairly indicted for their split-second actions in combat. Major Donahue knows firsthand from combat tours in Vietnam that you can’t send troops into terrorist combat zones and second-guess their actions from a desk in Washington.
UAP has generously offered to help pay for Dave’s legal defense. But first they have to raise money for a trial, which will require hours of legal research, expert witnesses, and legal motions.
UAP is a non-profit organization, which means they don’t receive any funding from the federal government – only private donations from patriotic Americans.
It also means that I’m going to take a deep breath and ask you one of the hardest questions I’ve ever asked another person:
Will you help UAP fight for my husband by making a donation of any amount today? (Please see her Link Below)
Your gift is tax-deductible. And it will help us pay for Dave’s trial and help other innocent service members who’ve been unfairly charged, too – including two other SEALs on Dave’s team.
My friend, I know we’ve never met. But I hope you’ll find it in your heart to help UAP fight for my husband.
Whether you can send $10 or $100, your contribution could be the difference between letting my husband rot in prison for the next 19 years for a crime he didn’t commit… or keeping him at home with his family where he belongs.
Thank you in advance for your support.
P.S. Dave was awarded a Bronze Star for his courageous service. He and his teammates are some of the finest warriors this Country has – and we need them out there defending us against the countless threats we face. Please help UAP fight for Dave’s freedom so he can continue fighting for yours on the battlefield. Thank you in advance for your support.
Our website does not take donations for this. We are just helping to get attention to this matter and promote the UAP webpage so you can send donations to them.
Click HERE if you can Please make an emergency donation to help UAP raise the funds to fight for Dave’s freedom.