• Local veteran recruiting his own army, raising funds to fight terrorists

    By: Cole Heath


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For months, we've seen the terror unleashed by ISIL, from televised beheadings to kidnappings.

    Veteran Sean Rowe said he's seen and read enough about it, so he's recruiting an army.

    “I'll be surprised if anyone is actually crazy enough to go on this first mission. If I have to go alone that's fine,” Rowe said.

    Rowe founded his group Veterans Against ISIS on Wednesday.

    “We're tired of seeing what’s going on, and it doesn’t look like anything is being done,” Rowe said.

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    Right now there is no "we"; he's the only member. But he's looking for more vets to join.

    “These guys are slaughtering and beheading people. We’re going over there to stop that; it’s not about the money,” Rowe said.

    The eight-year Army vet just launched a site to recruit veterans and raise money to fight the terror group in places like Iraq.

    When you're talking about would-be mercenaries, there are always questions about what's legal, so we asked Action News Law Expert Dale Carson.

    “There really is no federal law prohibiting people from flying to other countries and acting as mercenaries,” Carson said.

    But Carson said there are laws to keep in mind.

    “There’s no specific law, but if they take weapons, there are weapons laws, and obviously the laws of the other countries,” Carson said.

    “We’re not going to do anything illegal,” Rowe said. “This organization is about forming a team to actually do something.”

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