News from the Week of September 4th

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

Take a look back at this video from the 1980 presidential campaign in which then-candidates Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush discuss approaching immigration not with anger and fear, but with compassion. 

Zion Dirgantara, a U.S. Army reservist and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, shares his story of starting school on 9/11 in Philadelphia, joining the military, and not realizing that he didn’t have legal citizenship until he applied for a driver’s license.

During a visit to troops stationed in Jordan, Turkey, and Ukraine, Secretary of Defense James Mattis addressed the growing schism in the American public, saying that it’s the responsibility of the men and women in uniform to stay true to our ideals: “Hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it, and being friendly to one another, as Americans owe to one another because we’re so doggone lucky to be Americans.”

The Refugee Project, a map-based exploration of refugee migrations, looks beyond the crises that are currently making headlines, allowing viewers to explore refugee migrations the world over during the last half-century. As you explore its interactive map, you course through the years, discovering how and where crises bloomed,  revealing the scale of each country’s exodus.

The Mission Continues is an organization dedicated to deploying veterans in their local communities by providing fellowship opportunities. If you live in Washington, D.C. or New York City,  apply and you could work with us!

Check out this picture from the last night’s happy hour hosted by Veterans for American Ideals in Washington, D.C. We wish all of you could have been there, but don’t worry, we’ll let you know when VFAI members are hosting a happy hour of their own in your neck of the woods.


As we continue to see the effects of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Human Rights First is taking donations to help locally resettled refugees in the area, if you’re interested in helping out, click here. Additionally, as Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma, our thoughts are with our VFAI members there, their families, and the people of the Sunshine State.