I often think of what is was like when I met an Army Special Forces Soldier (Green Beret) for the first time. I saw a small group of them standing together at a large military ceremony I attended with my older brother. They were different from the other soldiers I observed there. In fact it seemed that all of the other soldiers seemed to give them wide berth in what seemed like reverence for them. I asked my brother who they were and his reply ended up motivating me to become one. My brother said “You don’t want to be one of them. You will always work alone and you will always be cold, tired, and hungry.” I got a chance to speak to one a few hours later at a recruiting display and saw that their crest stated “De Oppresso Liber” which I quickly learned meant “To Free the Oppressed”. I was hooked and became determined to become a Special Forces Soldier. After all, our country and constitution was founded on freedom from oppression.
We at Captive Audience Prevention Training and Recovery Team are about to embark on a new journey. We are forming a parallel nonprofit to help provide prevention training and recovery services to those who cannot afford them. Our hope is to triple our anti kidnapping efforts for those who truly need them. The statistics show that missionaries, aid workers, and free-lance journalists are often the most at risk for Kidnappings for Ransom, Extortion, and Terrorism. These at-risk groups often lack the funding to pay for assistance and do not know where to go for help. We also plan to take our expertise developed fighting the war on terror, to help law enforcement hammer away at the networks, cartels, gangs, terrorists, and other organizations who kidnap, exploit, and abuse other human beings. Our passion is freedom and we are striving to help. Cold, tired, or hungry doesn’t matter. The sacrifice to help bring people home? That is what makes us tick.