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The U.S has the most skilled military in the world. Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife provides meaningful employment to post-9/11 veterans, utilizing their expertise to train and support Tanzanian anti-poaching efforts and prevent the extermination of keystone African wildlife, and the disastrous economic and environmental impact it would have.
Iconic and irreplaceable species such as elephants and rhinos are being slaughtered to the brink of extinction. The goal of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife is to help end the African poaching crisis and conserve endangered species. We do this by utilizing the unrivaled skills and experience of post-9/11 U.S. veterans to train park rangers and support their communities.
Iconic and irreplaceable species such as elephants and rhinos are being slaughtered to the brink of extinction. Over 100,000 elephants were slaughtered in the past three years to meet the growing demand for ivory in China. Rhino horn has been known to sell for an upwards of $300,000 USD per horn and because of this there are only 25,000 thousand remaning in the Africa.
The post 9/11 veteran unemployment rate consistently hovers over the national average. Veterans have the skills sets and experience that African park rangers need to combat the poaching crisis.
Much of the profits made from poaching has been known to support terror groups in the region. Because of this many park rangers find themselves under-equipped and undertrained when going up against increasingly militarized poachers.
- Provide meaningful employment to skilled U.S. military veterans and utilize their expertise to train and support Tanzanian anti-poaching rangers and their communities.
- Prevent the extinction of key African wildlife and the disastrous economic and environmental impact it would have.
- Promote U.S. diplomacy and relationship-building in East Africa through sustainable community engagement. Iconic and irreplaceable species such as elephants and rhinos are being slaughtered to the brink of extinction.
Veteran participation fosters bilateral relations with African nations while providing vets with meaningful employment that they might otherwise not find. VETPAW collaborates closely with rangers, national parks, and government agencies. This includes working side-by-side with anti-poaching patrols, implementing infantry tactics, unit cohesion, medical skills, and other game-changing tools in the modern poaching war. We ensure that rangers have the best equipment to fight well-armed poachers by repurposing excess U.S. military supplies.
VETPAW promotes capacity- and relationship building in East Africa, elevating the perception of the military at home and abroad, while helping prevent the extinction of keystone species and ecosystems, and its catastrophic economic toll.
The specialized expertise and commitment of our vets dovetails with the dedication of Tanzania to preserve its most valuable assets.
- Nikki Tate
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