Chapter 78

SFA Chapter 78 Raising Funds to Assist One of Its Members

By John Yeandle

Niamatullah (Nimo), started working for the US Army in Afghanistan as a local translator in 2002, he was 14 years old at the time. During his service with the US Special Forces, he worked with over twenty SF teams and received more than twelve letters of commendation from CO’s.

In convoy Nimo always drove the lead truck, which was one reason he had multiple IEDs hits and usually was the first to be shot at. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds in his 14-year service as a Special Forces translator.

In 2008, a convoy in which Nimo was driving the lead truck was ambushed and during the attack his truck was hit with a Russian anti-tank weapon (SPG9). The round went through a K9, and Nimo’s leg, which resulted in him losing his left leg below the knee.


This was the truck Nimo was driving after it was hit by a Russian anti-tank weapon (SPG9). Nimo sustained injuries that led to the amputation of his lower left leg.

The reason for this article — Nimo needs a new prosthetic. His cur-rent prosthetic leg is over three years old. When he received his prosthetic leg he weighed 250lb, his current weight is 210lb (the prosthetic is built based on the person’s weight +/- 20lb, anything above or below 20lb requires a new leg). The current prosthetic doesn’t fit him properly any longer and is causing blistering, scaring, back and joint pain.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 for a new prosthetic leg for Nimo. Chapter 78 will match all donations.

All gifts are tax deductible. Amounts of $5,000, $1,000 and $500 are preferred — donations of any amount are appreciated.

At this time donations can be made by check only. We are considering online options, so please check back for updates if that is the method you prefer.

Please make checks payable to:
Special Forces Association Chapter 78.

Please note on check:
Nimo’s Prosthetic Fund

Mail to:
Attention: Liz Rios
PO Box 11927
Santa Ana, CA 92711

As you may or may not know, Nimo, and those like him, receive NO benefits from the US government. Chapter 78 is ask-ing you step up and help. Nimo was there when we needed him, now it’s our turn.

Let’s show Nimo how special US Special Forces are!

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