Purple Heart

Today, at Interpreting Freedom Foundation, we would like to say thank you to all the brave Veterans who risked their lives for the freedom of this great nation, and were awarded Purple Heart . Special thanks to those individuals who served and are currently serving in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq. The President of Interpreting Freedom Foundation Ziaulhaq Ghafoori (Booyah), Cofounder Bahroz Mohmand (Blade), and directer of board Mushtaq Baqikhel (Max) were each awarded Purple Heart for their comradery and bravery while serving as local National Interpreters assigned to the United State Armey Special Forces, engaged in opration endurig freedom in Afghanistan. Interpreting Freedom Foundation is seeking help and support in order to fulfill it’s massion and honor the service and sacrifice of all interpreters, and advocate for their needs.

Prisented: V.P Hekmat (H.K)

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Ziaulhaq Ghafoori (Booyah) President /CEO/Co-Founder (571) 494-2107 zghafoori@interpretingfreedom.org Ziaulhaq “Booyah” Ghafoori is the President and CEO of the Interpreting Freedom Foundation which is a Non-Profit Organization that honors the service of interpreters and advocates for their needs. Booyah is a Special Immigrant Visa recipient from Afghanistan who served as a combat interpreter and a cultural adviser assigned to U.S. Army Special Forces from 2003 to 2014. Despite the death threats he received from individuals within Afghanistan, he continued to dedicate his time and service to helping the U.S. military and its mission. Booyah also served as the Vice President of a logistics company that facilitated inter-governmental logistical services in the Central Asian Region. Booyah knows all too well about war and its effects on people. Perhaps one of the most life-defining moments of Booyah’s life was on April 6, 2008, when he accompanied a combined team of Special Operations Command and Afghan Commandos in the Nuristan Province Shok Valley to capture a high-level target. His team fought for almost seven hours and Booyah lost his best friend and fellow interpreter, CK. Despite this, he pushed through the battle and helped carry his wounded team members to safety for the next six hours. After the battle ended many in the combined force were wounded and many of the U.S. service members received awards and medals. At CK’s funeral, as a sign of respect and solidarity, Booyah and Co-Founder Bahroz Mohmand along with other interpreters were given commemorative purple hearts from the team commander. Booyah was awarded a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantryman Badge for being wounded in action and carrying wounded soldiers to safety. Today Booyah has made a home here in the United States. He has increased his network of friends and supporters and has found his calling in advocating and helping his fellow interpreters and American veterans. In the end he says, “I will be available for them to help them again and again.”

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