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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On Feb. 28th, VFAI to Host "Monsters to Destroy," a Multimedia Talk in Defense of Refugees

“Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”— JOHN QUINCY ADAMS



Human Rights First
Factsheet | January 03, 2018
U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis and the Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program
Human Rights First
Factsheet | December 19, 2017
The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program 2009-2017  What is the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program?  Download
Human Rights First
Factsheet | October 13, 2017
Bipartisan Support for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program
Human Rights First
Factsheet | July 18, 2017
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Human Rights First
Report | May 31, 2017
Brothers and Sisters in Arms As veterans, we served with and often depended on interpreters, translators, and other local allies to carry out missions in Afghanistan. Many of these individuals’ lives are now in danger as a result of their service. 
Human Rights First
Impact Study | May 08, 2017
Over the last fifteen years, thousands of Afghans—working primarily as interpreters and translators—have provided crucial support to the U.S. military. Because of their affiliation with the United States, they have faced vicious persecution and violence from the Taliban.


News and Views


  • News from the Week of February 11th
    Blog | February 16, 2018 |

    This week, a veteran’s museum in Kinston, North Carolina honored Isaac Pope, a 100-year-old World War II Army veteran, as part of its Black History Month Celebration. The Kinston community shared that Pope is an unsung hero who prevailed through...

  • News from the Week of February 4th
    Blog | February 9, 2018 |

    This week, the Trump Administration announced that refugees from 11 “high risk” countries will once again be admitted to the United States now that the latest 90-day travel ban has expired. Individuals from these mostly Muslim-majority nations,...

  • News from the Week of January 28th
    Blog | February 2, 2018 |

    America has always been strongest when its policies and actions align with its ideals. This week in The Hill, VFAI joined Veterans for New Americans in calling on Congress and the White House to come together to pass a permanent solution for DACA...