While Everyone in DC Squabbles Over the Wall, This Vet’s Private Fundraiser for It Just Hit $19 Million

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Update [1/15/18, 10:15 a.m. ET]: As IJR Red reported, the GoFundMe to fund the border wall will refund all donors. Kolfage, however, will offer donors the chance to redirect their donation to the private nonprofit 501(c)4 called “We Build the Wall, Inc” to make sure the wall gets built.

Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee veteran, continues to inch his way toward making President Donald Trump’s campaign promise come true, despite top Democrats fighting to provide any funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Kolfage found himself under attack on his second deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom when a rocket exploded 3-feet from him, leaving him wounded with a collapsed lung and multiple amputations.

Despite the setbacks, the former Air Force Security Forces airman continues the fight for the American people and for building the border wall that the president is adamant about.

A few days after he created the GoFundMe page titled, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” the private fundraiser had around $3.5 million, which jumped to over $12 million just days after.

While those in Washington, D.C. bicker back-and-forth over the wall, the Air Force veteran has raised $19,785,756, as of publication, for the construction of the border wall.

Kolfage wrote on the GoFundMe page:

“Democrats are going to stall this project by every means possible and play political games to ensure President Trump doesn’t get his victor. They’d rather see President Trump fail, than see America succeed. However, if we can fund a large portion of this wall, it will jumpstart things and will be less money Trump has to secure from our politicians.”

While top Democrats battle with the president over funding, Kolfage previously revealed how he has surprisingly received support from “many Democrats who say they support this wall.”

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U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) introduced new legislation called “Buy a Brick, Build the Wall Act” which would allow private citizens’ contributions to help fund and maintain a border wall.

The Air Force veteran’s nearly $20 million raised continues to gain contributors as President Trump delivered a televised presidential message on Tuesday to urge Democrats to back his push for $5.6 billion in border wall funding to curb illegal immigration and drugs.

“This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border,” he said during his speech. “This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end.”

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JJ Watt raises 10’s of millions for Harvey victims & was awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year. Now comes Airman Kolfage; he raises prox 20 million for America, a valiant effort to bypass the artificial and shrill ‘budget’ opposition to real border security, hails to President Trump’s winning campaign promise, and demonstrates the will of a middle America to be what it was conceived to be and has successfully been for 250 years; what’s he get? Felony charges? Liz, are you a shrew grinch?

Madison Dibble

It will be interesting to see if the “buy a brick” legislation takes off.

Liz Reynolds

Can’t wait until this wall fundraiser hits it’s goal, because it will be hilarious watching congress, now controlled by Dems, appropriate it for everything except the wall. Private citizens cannot collect funds to give to Fed Gov and allocate where it is to be spent. It don’t work that way. There’s also a huge chance this Brian Kolfage will be forced to re-pay donors once he turns over the funds to Fed Gov. When he can’t do that, ever wonder what will happen to him?

Liz Reynolds

I’m pretty sure Brian Kolfage is on VA disability too. Once he’s ordered by the court to re-pay donors and can’t, felony charges will be pressed. No Vet can receive VA pay with a felony on their record. You think maybe he would have at least researched all of this before taking donations.

Rocky Drummond

Why wouldn’t he be able to repay the funds? I thought that funds weren’t collected until the fund requested them. If the money can’t be legally used, then the fund shouldn’t collect the money in the first place.


Also, not sure why you “can’t wait” for this scenario. It isn’t even a remotely desirable outcome to this story – even if you disagreed with a wall being built.

Phyllis Softa

Just a guess, but 66% of the country is expecting that moment when Trumpsters face the reality of being duped. I don’t see it happening, but a hope for restoration of sanity is about all we have for the 33% Trumpsters.


I was referencing the part of a veteran getting charged with a felony and losing his VA benefits for doing something he legitimately feels is going to help the country.

I don’t think a wall is going to be a long term solution, but I wouldn’t wish something like that on someone who does think its a good solution.

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