Sentinel Stories


“I believe that Sentinels of Freedom would not only help me continue to develop and better understand the needs of my fellow veterans but be a place where I can personally contribute to supporting other Sentinels and their endeavors.”

— Rahul (Harp) Harpalani

Rahul (Harp) Harpalani

Captain, US Army
Harvard University JFK School of Government,
Masters in Public Administration 

Harp graduated from West Point near the top of his class and subsequently completed both Ranger and Airborne training.  During Harp’s second deployment to Afghanistan, his team was ambushed by Taliban forces. The improvised explosive device (IED) that initiated the attack tore off his right leg and severely damaged the other. After months of recovery, he became the first infantry officer to return to combat with an amputated leg. He continued to serve his country for an additional 5 years! He left the Army to pursue his higher education goals.  

Harp currently attends Harvard University JFK School of Government working towards his Masters of Public Administration with goals of becoming a Foreign Service Officer working in the international policy arena. While looking for ways to help pay for school his friends, and now fellow Sentinels, Matt White and Wayne Waldon told him about SOF and encouraged him to apply. The living and housing subsidy provided by SOF has enabled Harp to focus on his rigorous course load and follow his dreams.

Currently, Harp has started a career at Facebook as the Manager of Global Operations and is expecting his first child.

Sentinels Across America

Across our great nation, our Sentinels are building new lives for themselves and their families.