When the United States took the lead in the war against international terror, we anticipated that rogue nations would band together. But what shocked the conscience of the civilized world was the willingness of reputable financial institutions to carry out criminal conspiracies to aid the enemy. Several foreign banks violated U.S. and international law by giving Iran, a designated state sponsor of terrorism, access to billions of dollars in a complex money-laundering scheme. Now, these banks are being held accountable to U.S. servicemembers who were injured by Iranian activities in Afghanistan, Iraq and other theaters of the war in the Middle East.
The Iraq & Afghan War Fund is a compensation pool created by several banks that have either pled guilty to criminal charges or have reached a settlement for deferred prosecution. These banks, and their sanctions, include:
A portion of each settlement is being set aside to compensate victims of Iranian-backed terrorism and their families.
Under provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act, victims of terrorism may sue “any person who aids and abets, by knowingly providing substantial assistance, or who conspires with the person who committed such an act of international terrorism.” The banks provided substantial assistance to Iran’s terrorist activities. Therefore, U.S. servicemembers injured by Iranian instruments of terror and families of servicemembers can sue the banks for compensation.
To receive compensation from the Iraq & Afghan War Fund, plaintiffs must receive a verdict in federal court in Washington, D.C., and they must act quickly while the funds last. There is no guarantee that more money will be added to the Iraq & Afghan War Fund in the future.
If you were injured by an IED, EFP, RPG, or IRAM from 2004 forward, contact our experienced injury and veterans’ rights lawyers to see if you qualify.
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban helps veterans throughout the country maximize their disability benefits claims. We are prepared to pursue your Iraq & Afghan War Fund claim aggressively to obtain the full compensation you deserve. There are no upfront charges, and we only get paid if you win. Call us today at 866-866-VETS or contact us online to get your claim started.
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