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He was the first American (that we know of) but not the last,, in fact there is the Canadian guys one of which formed a group to recruit more Canadians to join YPG. You have will not be paid you have to pay your own air fair go to Erbil then I imagine they do more training etc before deployment. They also have to bring $5,000 dollars but most of all this particular recruiter only requires military experience and all applicants are reviewed before accepted.
He is the American fighting alongside the YPG against ISIS, Jordan Matson, his story has been all over the news for the past couple of weeks. The 28-year-old Racine, Wis., man is recovering in a hospital in northeastern Syria from a shrapnel wound in his foot, the result of a mortar attack by Islāmic State fighters in Jazaa, along the Iraqi border.
Jordan started making the news several weeks ago, news agencies cited him as being a former Marine, some a former Army reservist. So with all the questions, we decided to set the story straight on what was true and what was not.
From what we have seen Jordan himself has not made any outlandish claims, not sure where some of these agencies got their info that he was a Marine, because he wasn’t. He does say in one interview that he “retired” from the Army, but he didn’t retire. Here are some of the headlines that are going around the internet about Jordan:
he left the Army early for reasons we can’t discuss, this is just to set the record straight since Main Stream Media likes to publish stories before verifying facts. Once again, this is just to verify Jordan’s military service, as far as we have seen he has not made any claims contrary to his record.
Below is one of the first interviews he did concerning his fighting alongside the YPG: