Frequently Asked Questions

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What does SOLI do?

SOLI is a security consulting and training firm that operates on an innovative, revenue-neutral, non-profit model in order to provide security consulting and training to communities threatened by terrorism and insurgency around the world, regardless of their financial capabilities. SOLI specializes in consulting and training local security forces that are on the front lines of the war against terrorism, but which are often overlooked by the international community. For example, our first client was the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU), a Christian army formed in Iraq to fight ISIS. We provided free consulting to NPU leadership for months, and training for the first battalion of NPU soldiers.

What countries does SOLI operate in?

SOLI is currently operational in northern Iraq, and plans to begin operating in additional countries in the coming months.

Who is the founder of SOLI?

SOLI was founded by Matthew VanDyke, an international security expert, former POW, and combat veteran of the 2011 Libyan Revolution who appears regularly as a media analyst and commentator. VanDyke has a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and over seven years of experience in North Africa and the Middle East, including experience in numerous conflicts in the region.

Does SOLI offer a newsletter?

SOLI chooses not to waste funds or create more waste with mass mailing, but we do offer a monthly e-Newsletter featuring photos, video, and updates on our work.

You can subscribe for the SOLI Monthly.

Where does SOLI get funding?

SOLI provides clients with services free of charge. In order to do this, SOLI relies on the generous support of people around the world who are giving financial support to directly fight terrorism and have an impact on world peace and stability.

Is it legal to help fund SOLI?

Yes, giving financial support to SOLI is legal for residents of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and most countries in the EU. For residents of all other countries (and for some EU countries), please check the applicable local laws.

Where is SOLI based?

SOLI is headquartered in New York, NY and also has an office in Erbil, Iraq.

Is my contribution tax-deductible?

Sons of Liberty International is an LLC that operates on non-profit principles. However, SOLI does have a non-profit that is a 501(c)(3) and is tax-deductible. The non-profit is not currently accepting donations online, but you can make a tax-deductible contribution by emailing us at for more information.

Who has SOLI helped?

SOLI is helping Assyrian Christian security forces in northern Iraq that are fighting ISIS. Our first client was the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU). We are currently working with the Nineveh Plain Forces (NPF). We have also had discussions with another Christian force, Dwekh Nawsha, and with a Yazidi force.

Who works for SOLI?

SOLI recruits US military veterans for consulting and training local security forces. SOLI also recruits experts from various fields for speciality consulting depending on the client’s needs.

What are SOLI's financials?

SOLI is a new company. We do not have any tax returns or audits. In the interest of transparency, we will make our expenses public.

Is my support anonymous?

SOLI does not publish, sell, or post any names or information about its supporters. Support is anonymous and will not be reported.

I'm a foreign military veteran, can I apply?

Sons of Liberty International recruits U.S. military veterans only. If you are a foreigner and are interested in being a trainer or have specialties you think would be useful to SOLI, please still do apply as demands may change in the future.

I applied for a position and have not heard back. Why?

First off, thank you for your application. We are stronger in numbers and your interest in being involved with Sons of Liberty International is greatly appreciated. Our application process works such that we keep resume’s on file long into the future as needs and opportunities arise with future missions. So if you have not heard back from us, that may change in the future.

If your situation has updated after submitting your application and you want us to know about it, you can write us using our contact form and we’ll make sure take note.