News and Views

News from the Week of July 10th

Here's the latest round-up of what we've been reading and watching this week, from in the news and around the web:

News from the Week of July 3rd

Here’s another round-up of what we’ve been reading and watching, from the news and around the web: 

Adam Babiker: Veteran + Refugee

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Veterans served to not only protect their country’s borders, but also to protect the values that their country embodies. Service is not limited by color, race, gender, or religion. It’s built on the unity of people from diverse backgrounds that pledge allegiance to a flag symbolizing freedom, acceptance, and resilience.

Reflections on a World Refugee Day Community Iftar

By Saadia Khan and Emma Bernstein

Saadia:

As a practicing Muslim born and raised in the United States, I fast during the holy month of Ramadan every year. Muslims across the world abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. The meal that is served at the end of the day when breaking the fast is called Iftar.

Greatness is earned, not self-declared

by Steve Schrader

Greatness is earned, not self-declared.

I learned that while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Over 25 years and more than 30 countries of service, not a day went by that I wasn’t reminded of what my uniform represented: the land of the free and the home of the brave. My service taught me that our reputation as a great nation cannot merely be declared, but must be continuously earned through work to uphold American ideals.

News from the Week of June 18th

Here’s another round-up of what we’ve been reading and watching, from in the news and around the web.

A Hopeful Reconsideration

by Wisam Al-Baidhani

America: land of the free, home of the brave. Those two words convey the fundamental beliefs of this country that first captured my imagination as I was growing up in Iraq under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial regime.

News from the Week of June 12th

Here’s another round-up of what we’ve been reading and watching, from in the news and around the web.

Veteran + Filmmaker: Chase Millsap Won’t Stop Fighting for Those Who Fought with Us

Meet Chase Millsap, a U.S. Marine and Army veteran who served three tours in Iraq. He’s also a filmmaker.

On one of Chase’s tours, as a young platoon commander in Al Anbar in 2006, an Iraqi soldier saved his life.

Leader Spotlight: Matt Lester

"Veterans happen to be one of the very few groups that people from all walks of life seen as honest brokers. Because of that credibility—and because American ideals are under assault internationally and here at home by Americans who are losing sight of what those ideals are—we have a serious responsibility to speak up in defense of them," says Matt Lester, a U.S. Marine veteran and the co-leader of Vets for American Ideals' NY/NJ team.

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