We raised our right hands and pledged to support and defend the Constitution. That commitment does not stop.


Veterans for American Ideals is a nonpartisan group of veterans who share the belief that America is strongest when its policies and actions match its ideals.

We dedicated our lives to our country as citizen-soldiers, and we believe that honor, courage, commitment, duty, and country are not just words, but values worth defending. After taking off the uniform, we seek to continue serving our country by advocating for policies that are consistent with the ideals that motivated us to serve in the first place. Our current campaigns are focused on saving the Special Immigrant Visa program for interpreters and translators who served with the U.S. military, protecting refugees, and countering Islamophobia.


Most Americans have never met a refugee, much less had a personal connection with one. But many veterans' lives are intertwined with those of refugees in profound and deeply personal ways. These are some of their stories.

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Tanika Roy: The Woman Behind #WhatIFoughtFor

Tanika Roy is a Los Angeles-based photographer and artist and a Marine Corps veteran. Her most recent work features veterans alongside refugees in a photo essay entitled #WhatIFoughtFor, created with Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First. The project launched on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2017.




News and Views


  • News from the Week of January 7th
    Blog | January 12, 2018 |

    This Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order directing the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to ensure that military service members transitioning to civilian life have access to mental health services....

  • News from the Week of January 1
    Blog | January 6, 2018 |

    This weekend the VFAI team is in San Antonio at the Student Veterans of America National Conference 2018. With over 4,000 student veterans in attendance, NatCon is the largest annual gathering of post-9/11 veterans in the country. VFAI is...

  • Participating in Our Nation's Democracy
    Blog | January 2, 2018 |

    By Michael Trudeau

    At Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a group of about 70 people stood in the 26-degree dry cold of the first day of winter.  Jovial exchanges from the group could be heard, even as chattering teeth made...