Our Mission

Our mission is to provide support and services to disabled military, defense and intelligence contractors who fight alongside U.S. military forces overseas.

Our Vision

We envision a day when the men and women who are contracted to fight for America abroad can return home to live the dignified life they have earned.

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Why contractors?

Unlike previous wars in our nation’s history, the War on Terror has been fought primarily by U.S. civilian contractors. While personnel numbers have decreased in recent years, this trend of utilizing private contractors in lieu of military members has continued to the present day.

There are nearly 32,000 contractors currently serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria combined, working side-by-side with 26,000 U.S. military members. Since 2009, the ratio of civilian contractors to troops deployed in Afghanistan, the site of America’s longest war, has been a staggering 3:1. Contractors also account for the majority of those killed and wounded in these countries due to the dangers inherent to their missions.

Unfortunately, the protections afforded to disabled military contractors have not evolved with the changing nature of modern warfare. When a military contractor returns home with life-altering injuries, they are not afforded the same medical coverage, mental health resources, educational grants, mortgage programs, vocational training, community or recognition rightly given to military members they fight alongside. Although the vast majority of injured contractors are veterans themselves, post-deployment life can be incredibly difficult without these critical safety nets. Additionally, current laws allow insurance companies to delay or deny coverage to disabled contractors, forcing them to pay for expensive medical treatment themselves. We can and must do better.

The Private Patriots Foundation works to solve this problem by providing disabled U.S. civilian contractors with the support they need to live the dignified life they have earned.

John-Austin Diamond, Co-Founder

John-Austin Diamond has been a staunch advocate for military contractors’ rights for the past decade.

Mr. Diamond has published many articles about a multitude of Defense Base Act issues and was selected to be published by his peers in the field of constitutional law. Additionally, Mr. Diamond was named 10 Best Workers Compensation Attorneys by the AILC and was awarded Top Injured Workers’ Attorneys by The Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group, for his noteworthy contributions to the Longshore and Defense Base Act legal communities, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group. Mr. Diamond has lectured across the country on emerging issues in Defense Base Act litigation, alongside Judges, attorneys, and other industry leaders.  

John-Austin is currently licensed to practice law in the State of New York, the State of New Jersey, The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and The United States Supreme Court after being duly sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. Additionally, Mr. Diamond is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits before the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Diamond received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School.

John-Austin Diamond can be reached at jdiamond@privatepatriots.org.

Patrick Diamond, Co-Founder

Prior to joining the Private Patriots Foundation, Patrick served in a number of roles for New Leaders, a non-profit organization dedicated to training teachers and principals to serve in America’s highest-need schools. In his first two years working for New Leaders’ Northeast region, he was a critical part of a team that raised over $700,000 in new fundraising. Furthermore, during Patrick’s tenure, New Leaders was able to expand their Northeast footprint from two cities (New York, Newark) to five cities (New York, Newark, Jersey City, Bridgeport and Norwalk), offering programs to more underserved students in low-income communities.

Patrick has also worked as a paralegal, defending military contractors in their claims against insurance carriers brought under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Defense Base Act, and the War Hazards Compensation Act.

In college, Patrick was an active member and president of the New York University mock trial team. During his tenure in the program, NYU won the 2011 National Championship and was the 2012 National Championship runner-up.

Patrick received his bachelor’s degree from New York University.

Patrick Diamond can be reached at pdiamond@privatepatriots.org.

Amanda Frost, Community Outreach Coordinator

Amanda is the daughter of Russell Frost, a US contractor kidnapped in Iraq on January 17, 2016. Since her father’s abduction and release, she has been a committed advocate for defense contractors. She is currently working with US congressmen and women to have August 13th declared as National Defense Contractor Appreciation Day.  

Tammie Frost, Board of Directors

Tammie is the widow of Russell Frost, a US contractor kidnapped in Iraq on January 17, 2016. Since her husband’s untimely passing, Tammie has dedicated her time to pursuing legislative change to benefit injured defense contractors. She piloted the “Frosty Box” program dedicated to spreading holiday cheer to defense contractors overseas.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
— President Abraham Lincoln
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