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


  • by Fiona Tomlin

    Last week Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law within ten days.

    The bill authorizes 3,500 Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (...

  • News from the Week of November 13th
    Blog | November 19, 2017 |

    Last weekend for Veterans Day 2017, Vets for American Ideals launched our multimedia storytelling campaign #WhatIFoughtFor. The project uses portrait photography and video to tell seven powerful stories of family, friendship, brotherhood, and...

  • Our Service to Country and to Each Other
    Blog | November 13, 2017 |

    By Matt Oberdorfer

    During five combat deployments across Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya I spent some of my time leading and some of my time following, but I spent my entire time serving. But my fellow Marines and I didn't just serve...