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.

Join Veterans for American Ideals

By Joining You Will:

  • Get all the latest news and hear first about opportunities to take action.
  • Have opportunities to engage through letters to our political leaders, opinion pieces, and public appearances.
  • Play an important role in encouraging America to live up to its ideals.
VFAI Members Convene in Washington, DC to push for the renewal of the SIV Program.

We'll never share your information with anyone

Confirm Your Service

Is it safe to submit paperwork?

Veterans for American Ideals will never share any information with anyone without your explicit permission. As veterans ourselves, we assure you that your military records will be processed with the utmost sensitivity.


In order to approve your membership, we require proof of your service. Please send one of the following documents. If you have any questions, please send them to vfai@humanrightsfirst.org.

  • Medal, Award, or certificate of recognition from your service
  • Officer Records Briefs or Enlisted Records Briefs
  • Paperwork from the Veterans Administration or Department of Defense indicating that you served
  • A copy of your DD214 that shows your discharge status (your social security number can be blacked out if you prefer)
  • Mobilization, deployment, or NATO orders


Congratulations! You are now part of a veterans movement that will make a difference in encouraing and helping America to live up to its ideals.

Here are a few things you can do to support our work right now:


Check out our website and educate yourself about the issues we are taking on.


Tell us what ideas you have, what issues you care about, and how you think we should be approaching our work.


Share with your friends and fellow veterans and encourage them to join us.

Leader Spotlight: Cal Hickey


Colonel Cal Hickey served for 30-years in the U.S. Air Force. Though retired, his commitment to service endures: "The oath of service doesn’t come with an expiration date and its conditions are absolute. If you take such an oath seriously it only seems natural that to one extent or another all it entails will become essential defining qualities of your life for the rest of your life."




News and Views


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    Blog | June 23, 2017 |

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

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  • A Hopeful Reconsideration
    Blog | June 20, 2017 |

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  • News from the Week of June 12th
    Blog | June 16, 2017 |

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

    The Washington Post reports that a new study debunks a common myth that refugees are economic burdens. It shows refugees end up paying...