The former staff sergeant, an Afghan native, said he traveled from the U.S. to Pakistan to try to help his family escape the Taliban and flee Afghanistan. He went to the embassy to request diplomatic aid for his family and for American citizens, green card holders and Afghans with special immigrant visas he said were stuck at the border.
“I showed up outside the U.S. Embassy and I literally begged them to let me in,” the veteran, who goes by call sign “Legend,” told Fox News. “It was that embarrassing. A U.S. citizen is not permitted entry in U.S. soil.”
He said no one picked up when he tried one phone number. When someone answered a second number, he told them he was a U.S. soldier and needed help. He said he wasn’t comfortable discussing details over the phone, given their sensitivity. Fox News obtained and reviewed recordings of several of his phone calls, confirming his account.
“They hung up the phone,” the veteran told Fox News. “I called again and again, the same thing. I couldn’t believe it. I was in in shock.”
“I gave up, I gave up,” he continued. “They kept hanging up. No matter what I say, they kept hanging up.”
He said he “started tearing up” when he left the area.
“It felt like somebody was stabbing me in my back,” the veteran, who was discharged after suffering traumatic brain injuries, told Fox News.
Fox News granted him anonymity to protect him and his family from the Taliban.
“We are aware of these reports, but for privacy considerations have no further comment,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.