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A veteran who credits his decade in Arizona as showing him the  importance of legal immigration  is behind the viral campaign that has rai...

Meet the veteran who has raised $16 million for Trump's border wall

A veteran who credits his decade in Arizona as showing him the importance of legal immigration is behind the viral campaign that has raised millions of dollars for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The GoFundMe, "We The People Will Fund The Wall," was started by veteran Brian Kolfage, 37. The triple-amputee was injured while serving in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force.
The fundraiser was inspired by a persistent dissatisfaction with the lack of action by politicians, Kolfage said.
"I was frustrated with our political leaders and what they're doing – their broken promises and dragging things on," said Kolfage on Sunday. "I thought having the GoFundMe would allow people to come together on the internet to show support for what they wanted. Raising this kind of money shows how important this is and that people want to support it."
Donations quickly poured in, toppling Kolfage's expectations by raising millions of dollars each day. The total surpassed $16 million from more than 271,000 people as of Monday.
"I knew it would be big, but never that fast," he said. "It just ignited."
The fundraiser has a $1 billion goal – the largest in GoFundMe's history. That would only cover one-fifth of the $5 billion price tag on President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. 


Kolfage's Arizona ties 

Kolfage, who grew up in Texas, lost both legs and his dominant right hand in a mortar attack in Iraq in 2004. 
He underwent 16 surgeries in six months. He was forced to learn to write with his left hand and struggled to adjust to his prosthetic legs. 
He left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the East Coast in July 2005 and settled in Tucson just a few months later. He found a civilian job at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
After his injury, Kolfage began speaking publicly about his experience and even filmed a campaign ad for former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shortly before she was shot in 2011.
She invited him to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address as her special guest in 2012. She even told Time magazine Kolfage was one of her inspirations while she recovered.
Kolfage lived in Tucson for 10 years. He enrolled at the University of Arizona on a scholarship from the Pat Tillman Foundation and graduated in 2014 from the architecture school.
He now lives in Florida with his wife and two children. 


'It's about the people on the outside and the inside'

As a staunch Republican, Kolfage said on the GoFundMe page his support for the wall stemmed from the belief that “too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society.”
He said he wants to make it clear he isn't against immigration – as long as it's done legally. He points to the difficult process to obtain legal citizenship as just one of the problems with the current system.