OPE: One Year Later (Part 3)(ft. Jazz Cannon, Ben Owen, and Jess Owen)

The Rooftop Podcast

Aug 19 2022 • 1 hr 12 mins

This week on the ‘OPE: One Year Later’ series, Scott is joined by three incredible individuals who have been working the safe passage and resettlement efforts from the collapse of Afghanistan - Jazz Cannon, Ben Owen, and Jess Owen. Jazz escaped Afghanistan with her family in the 90’s and now works with Legend Group to help evacuate American citizens and Afghan Allies left behind. Ben and Jess Owen are the CEO and Executive Director of their non-profit, Flanders Fields, where they help veterans and give them a new purpose in life. Join Scott, Jazz, Ben, and Jess to learn more about what they're doing to continue to #HonorThePromise and #FinishTheMission.


CONTEXT ON THIS SERIES

In August of 2021, the United States Government officially withdrew from Afghanistan leaving hundreds of thousands of at-risk Afghans vulnerable to Taliban brutality. Immediately, the impact of this moral injury was apparent on out Afghan allies and veteran populations with many of them left behind to deal with the aftermath that no one was coming.

Scott and a team of combat veterans began to leverage their network of relationships to provide safe passage and ultimately relocation of hundreds of at-risk Afghans. Scott now has the opportunity to share the story of those Afghan Allies who made it out and of those who are still fighting their way to safety today, alongside many of the extraordinary men and women who made this possible. In this podcast series, Scott sits down with some of the members of Pineapple Express to share their stories and reflect on where we are one year later after the collapse of Afghanistan.


PREVIOUS EPISODES ON AFGHANISTAN:

“Finding Meaning in the Madness of War”

“Saving Space Monkey: Storytelling in Real Time”

“Chaos in Kabul”

“Operation Pineapple: Deadline”

“Afghan Bombing” Operation Pineapple Continues”

“Punching Above Your Weight”

Operation Pineapple Express: https://operationpineappleexpress.com/
Operation Pineapple Express Relief: https://operelief.org


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Flanders Fields: https://flandersfields.org/
Legend Group: https://www.legend.ngo/

Operation Angel Wing: https://www.operationangelwing.org/

Emergency Assistance: (865) 352-6699

Non-Emergency Assistance: operationangelwing@gmail.com

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