The Advocate 2004

AmericanContractorsInIraq.com first appeared online and in the Johnson City Press in the summer of 2004. Over the years it continues to be noted in many news outlets
across the world. The New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, SF Gate, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, Dan Rathers on HD Net, Corp Watch, Christian Science Monitor,
Associated Press, Washington Post, and many more including many top Military Blogs such as Stars and strips, and DBA Attorney's Blogs.   It brought to you for the first
time ever, the Cost of War for  civilian contractors.  

It's focus has gone through much change.   Starting out with Contractor Support Ribbon's, to bring to the forefront in 2004 that American Civilians were working in War
Zones providing the essentials to our Soldiers and the country of Iraq.  To working with Congress on Congressional Hearings on the Defense Base Act.
 "Are Tax payers
paying to much?" with Henry Waxman

You do not need to support the war to support Americans going to work in War zones, it takes much understanding and realization that...Times have changed, and
employment might just mean many Americans taking jobs in War zones. These Americans include civilian ( men & women), prior vets, disabled vets, and discharged vets.  
With unemployment rates on the rise for both civilian and veterans, many Americans are seeking employment in Hostile Countries around the world in war zone like Iraq
and Afghanistan.  

American Contractors In Iraq has been supporting civilian contractors working in war zones, who have been injured and who also might suffer from PTSD (post traumatic
stress disorder).  Providing them with the information they need to fight for their disability rights. Including whistle blowers.  We are in contact with many Defense Base Act
attorneys as well as Whistle Blower Attorneys here in the United States.  

Not only do we support those who are returning from the war, but we support the many civilians who are seeking jobs overseas as well, by providing them with the
knowledge and tools they will need to decide if the risk are theirs to take.  By given them the understanding that working in Iraq and Afghanistan is a High Risk job with
High Risk pay.
It's not for everybody!  

What you will find is that the Risk are not really that much more then here in America, if at all more.   Thousands of contractors are killed or injured here in America yearly.  
Just Google
OASHA.  We have burn pits on Military projects and Chemical plants including Nuclear plants here in America, both can cause cancer, but that is the price you
take when you work on a High Risk job.  It's about knowing the Risk!

Back in 2003 and 2004 most civilians who went to Iraq to work and didn't know the risk, contractors didn't realize they would be working "smack dab" in the middle of a war.
Many didn't understand the cause and effect this impact would have, nor did our government.  Over time American's have learned, we saw first hand here at www.
americancontractorsiniraq.com what would become the Invisible Army otherwise know as the Shadow Army of our Untied States Military.   

Not all civilian contractors working on USAID project are in these positions, a few, I call "non military support"  work and live off site of military camps rebuilding the
infrastructure for Iraq and Afghanistan. Rebuilding the foundation of those countries by building, hospitals, schools, power plants, water treatment plants, providing up to
date technology such as Cell Towers.  
In 2004 Eugene Armstrong (US), Jack Hensley (US), as well as Kenneth Bigely (British) resided at an Iraqi house while they worked for
‘Gulf Supplies and Commercial
Services’ (a Kuwaiti Company) dealing with construction in Iraq and is a leading Sponsor, Construction, Operations & Maintenance, and Logistics contractor in
Southwest and Central Asia, specializing in the fast track provision of high quality support services and supplies to the
US Military Forces, Defense Contractors,
Governmental Agencies, and other commercial and international organizations.
The three men realized that they were in danger when their Iraqi house guard called it quits after he had been threatened by militias for protecting American and British
workers. Despite their Iraqi house guard leaving, the three decided to stay at their own will. Needless to say, they were all captured by Iraqi insurgents and were beheaded
one by one starting with Eugene Armstrong on September 20, 2004.  Eugene was beheaded by Al-Zarqawi’s group Jama’at AL-Tawhid wal-Jihad. Eugene is believed to
have been personally beheaded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazzal al-Khalayleh). Zarqawi began associations with al-Qaeda in late 2004 and is reported
that he died on June 7, 2006. Eugene’s is the most graphic of the three beheading videos. (DON'T GO LOOKING FOR THIS VIDEO!)
It will make you sick!

With the downsizing of our military, veterans are in competition with civilians for these jobs overseas. Most of the Veterans have already been there and KNOW the HIGH
RISK that civilian contractors take. They worked right beside them.   About half who are there now are prior military veterans, and they need our support.


I want to thank all the contractors and their families for coming forward and providing us with the  essential tools to move forward, as this site RETURNS  to it's roots!  

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Washington Post
July 10, 2005

    by David Phinney,
    Special to CorpWatch
    May 24th, 2005  

    FoxNews.com
    August 17, 2005

    S.F.Gate. 2004

    The war in Iraq is killing nine civilian contractors a week on average, roughly three times the rate of last year, and U.S. Government statistics show that non-Americans do most of the dying…. The contractors — mostly
    Iraqis and nationals from more than 30 developing nations perform jobs from guarding senior U.S. Officials to translating, cooking meals, driving trucks, cleaning toilets and servicing weapons systems and computers.
    How many of those TCNs and Iraqi nationals are collecting their benefits as guaranteed by the Defense Base Act remains unexplored territory.
    By David Phinney
    Maya 24, 2007

    By PHILIP SHENON
    The New York Times
    February 8, 2007

    L.A. Times- July 4, 2007

    By JAMES GLANZ
    The New York Times
          September 1, 2009

    The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in Iraq that's larger than its uniformed fighting force and is responsible for...
    By Richard Lardner
         The Associated Press


    Nov. 28,2007


    By Ashley Rowland Staff Write
    Dec.17,2006

    The convoy leader of a Rocky Mount-based National Guard unit rebuts an ABC News report that he and other members of the 1173rd Transportation Company abandoned a civilian convoy.By John Cramer
    Roanoke Times
    Oct. 4, 2006


    Halliburton Watch
    Sept, 21 2006  


    The New York Times
    July 5th, 2007

    Armen Keteyian
    CBS News
    February 11, 2009




    March 12, 2007

    By RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    ABC NEWS Oct. 3, 2007

    Special to WorldTribune.com
    Jan.17, 2012

    Farrah Stockman January 20,2007
    Private Trauma

    A Bloody Business, retired Army Colonel Gerald Schumacher wrote, "since the first Gulf war in 1991, the portion of private forces to military forces has more than quadrupled." Today, the Pentagon estimates that
    America is employing some 700,000 civilian contractors; 22% of who are American. They are called the "shadow Army."

    Patrick Michels March 21, 2008

    By Brad Knickerbocker
    The Christian Science Monitor July 18, 2007


    June 17, 2007-L.A. TIMES

    By John Rutherford, NBC News producer, Washington
    December 20, 2007

    CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS -Contractors wounded or killed in Iraq are the anonymous casualties. Ceremonies are secret, and benefits are scarce.Feb.12 2007 L.A. Times

    SF GATE (San Francisco Chronicle)
    Anna Badkhen,
    November 19,2006


    Bryce Benson
    Published on 05.10.07

    Jeremy Schwartz -  AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Nov. 5, 2011

    By James Risen
    NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE   July 5, 2007

    ABC News - Feb 12, 2007

    By JOHN M. BRODER and JAMES RISEN
         Published: May 19, 2007

    By Farah Stockman
    Globe Staff
    March 6, 2008

    DAILY KOS

    Combat stress afflicts civilian contractors returning from Iraq
    Mental health and Psychiatry news  Jul 07, 2007

  • Read more: Combat stress afflicts civilian contractors returning from Iraq -Mental health and Psychiatry news-WASHINGTON -- Contractors who have worked in Iraq are returning home with the same kinds
    of combat-related mental health problems that afflict US military personnel, according to contractors, industry officials, and mental health specialists.  But, they say, the private workers are largely left to find
    care on their own , and their problems are often ignored or are inadequately treated.  A vast second army of contractors, up to 126,000 Americans, Iraqis, and other foreigners, are working for the US
    government in Iraq.
  • By James Risen, New York Times News Service
    Boston Globe - July 5, 2007

    Charley Keye,CNN NEWS  November 29, 2011

    In Afghanistan, 105,000
    U.S troops are supported by    about 101,000 civilian contractor
    Only 23,000 of those contractors are U.S. Citizens. About 50,000 are Afghans and 27,900 come from other countries
    HOUSTONCHRONICLE
    December 24, 2011

  • Contractors in War Zones: Not Exactly Contracting. "U.S. Military forces may be out of Iraq, but the unsung and unrecognized part of America’s modern military establishment is still serving and sacrificing — the role
    played by private military and security contractors."
    By David Isenberg Oct. 09, 2012

    February 27 to Tuesday February 28, 2012 TBA, Washington, DC


    Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
    Jared Wade
          February 17,2012

  • The Invisible Army -For foreign workers on U.S. Bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, war can be hell - "More than seventy thousand third-country nationals” work for the American military in war zones; many report
    being held in conditions resembling indentured servitude by subcontractors who operate outside the law. Photographs by Peter Van Agtmael."
    The New Yorker
    by Sarah Stillman
    June 6, 2011


    ByMichael Gisick
    Stars and Stripes
    Published: June 1, 2010

    Published 5:52 am, Friday, January 25, 2013
    SF GATE
    Read More from the Houston KHOU TV - Ex-Iraq contractor from Texas gets prison, fraud.
    "SAN ANTONIOA former Texas co-owner of a development company has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for submitting nearly $1.3 million in fake invoices for Iraq reconstruction.
    Prosecutors in San Antonio say 33-year-old Jill Ann Charpia in August pleaded guilty to falsifying official documents.  The former San Antonio woman was sentenced Thursday in connection with fabricated documents and
    forged signatures related to Iraq reconstruction government contracts. She must also pay at least $920,000 in restitution.  
    Charpia during 2008 and 2009 co-owned Sourcing Specialist LLC, a privately owned firm that contracted with the U.S. Government to help develop business opportunities in Iraq."

         HoustonChron.com
February 6, 2009


    Masoud Popalzai, CNN December 24, 2012


    By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent
    WASHINGTON
    Oct 21, 2012

REFERENCE DESK
to our country, and even the country of Iraq and Afghanistan if they were to go and work
risk, a fact which has largely been ignored.  Futhermore, any mention of the wages that
they will earn while over there is banal, disrespectful, and quite literally, besides the
point.  The money may bring them over there, but that is not the only reason they stay.  
Please refrain from making ignornant and careless comments, and please don't ask
how we doing if you don't want to hear the honest answer.  Thank You, and have a
wonderful day!
The Love Ones of American Contractors In Iraq dot com
The Love Ones of American Contractors In Iraq dot com
an Iraqi house while they worked for ‘Gulf
Supplies and Commercial Services’ (a Kuwaiti
Company) dealing with construction in Iraq