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November 18, 2020
For years, I misunderstood the Constitutional Oath which I regularly retook as a U. S. Marine. In fact, for a long time, I missed the point entirely. What did pretty words about freedom and democracy have to do with me? I was a member of a highly...
November 5, 2020
November 4 HRF_VFAI Post-Election Messaging Guide.pdf
June 23, 2020
How many crises must the U.S. deal with at once?  As a nation, we have been forced to simultaneously protect our citizens from disease,  economic degradation, restrictions on their individual rights, and the largest societal upheaval in a...
August 2, 2019
  Trump administration extends Syrian TPS status, protecting seven thousand from deportation. In a piece of good news, the administration decided on deadline, at end of day 01 Aug 19, to extend temporary protected status to seven thousand Syrians...
July 26, 2019
  Trump Administration may be moving toward accepting zero refugees. Each year by September 30th the White House sets a cap on the number of refugees the United States expects to resettle during the new fiscal year. During his first year in office,...
July 4, 2019
Washington, D.C.—Today, as the United States celebrates Independence Day, Bishop Garrison, Director of Veterans for American Ideals issued the following statement: "The Fourth of July is a special day of the year for veterans. It is a time when we...
June 20, 2019
Washington, D.C.— In honor of World Refugee Day, Veterans for American Ideals’ Bishop Garrison issued the following statement: Today is a day on which we acknowledge the strength, courage, and resilience of refugees. But at a time when over 70...
April 3, 2019
  Dear friends and fellow veterans, In only a few years, Veterans For American Ideals has established itself as an effective and influential organization in both Washington DC and communities across the country. Its brief but rich history reflects...
March 29, 2019
In Amman, Jordan, a group of men formed a support group to cope with trauma they experienced as refugees. They are fighting to come to terms with being unable to work and support their families, which makes them vulnerable.   The Balkan country of ...
March 26, 2019
Tell us about your background. Before moving from Baghdad to the United States in 2014, I spent much of my career working as a journalist in countries across the Middle East, covering election news and human rights. This included stories on emerging...

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