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January 14, 2019
  by Cress Clippard On Friday night, I was wrapping up at work when I got an email about Mohasif Motawakil. Motawakil is an Afghan who served as a translator for the U.S. military. Thanks to a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), he had just landed at...
January 11, 2019
   Amid speculation among Iraqi officials that the White House will begin to draw down the 5,200 American military personnel based in Iraq, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday. He met with the prime...
January 8, 2019
VFAI leaders Emma Stokien and Eric Altamura talk with an attendee at Student Veterans of America's National Conference, January 3-6, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.   By Eric Altamura “So, what exactly are American ideals?” More often than not, that was...
January 5, 2019
As we ring in the new year, members of the most diverse congressional class in history took their oaths of office on Thursday. Women now comprise almost a quarter of Congress, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are the first...
December 30, 2018
By Scott Cooper The end of the year is always a time for reflection and taking stock. We ponder what we have accomplished and what still remains to be done. For myself–I didn’t lose 10 pounds. I did do a better job of calling my mom a couple of...
December 19, 2018
  Our Leader Spotlight series highlights the diverse and dynamic veterans who make up VFAI. Today, we're highlighting Pattie Adams of Los Angeles, California. Tell me about your military service.  From the age of five, I knew I wanted to be in the...
December 14, 2018
The White House will deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades—many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War. The Atlantic reports: “The administration has now decided that...
December 12, 2018
  Our Leader Spotlights offer a glimpse into our diverse leadership: veterans who are continuing to serve their country and community in creative ways. Today, we profiled Sean Horgan, a Marine Corps veteran who enlisted shortly after becoming a U.S...
December 10, 2018
Nearly a dozen permanent U.S. residents were deported back to their birth-country of Vietnam over the past year under a tough new immigration policy from the Trump Administration. Most of the group came to the United States during the Vietnam War...
December 6, 2018
  By Michael Trudeau One of the most rewarding elements of being a Vets for American Ideals (VFAI) leader has been meeting committed, patriotic friends and neighbors—individuals who are spending their time building up, not tearing down. I’ve had...

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