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March 6, 2019
  by Jules Staelgraeve Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting retired Air Force Colonel Eileen Collins after  hearing her speak about her work with NASA. She was one of the first female pilots I ever encountered, and, at thirteen years...
March 1, 2019
  Seventy-four years after Captain Lawrence E. Dickson was declared missing in action, the Tuskegee Airman was finally identified in November. This week, he was recognized by Brigadier General Twanda E. Young at a ceremony in which he was...
February 28, 2019
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 Teresa Kennedy, a 2016 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a...
February 23, 2019
At the end of last week Congress approved four thousand additional Special Immigrant Visas for our Afghan partners through this fiscal year. The bipartisan effort highlights what we can achieve if we work together and stresses the importance of...
February 19, 2019
Washington, D.C.—Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, praises the inclusion of four thousand additional visas for allies that served alongside the U.S. mission in Afghanistan in Congress’s new spending bill. The measure...
February 15, 2019
ICYMI: On Friday, Vets for American Ideals issued a statement in response to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, which enables the Adminstration to use military funds to build a wall at the southern border. "There is no national...
February 15, 2019
Washington, D.C.—In response to President Trump's declaration of a national emergency that will use military funds to build a wall at the southern border, Veterans for American Ideals' Scott Cooper issued the following statement: There is no...
February 15, 2019
Vets for American Ideals' Leader Spotlight series highlights our diverse and dynamic veteran leaders. Today, we hear from Sharon Robino-West of Omaha, Nebraska. Tell me about your military service. I spent four years in the United States Marine...
February 14, 2019
    By Jules Staelgraeve This fall, I had the opportunity to hear retired Navy Admiral Michelle Howard speak at the second annual Capital Battalion Leadership Conference hosted by my Navy ROTC unit. Howard spoke about her views on cybersecurity and...
February 9, 2019
Another group of Central American asylum seekers reached the Texas-Mexico border on February 5. This caravan opted for the town of Piedras Negras, due to the oversaturation of asylum-seekers in Tijuana, the prominent border town in the American...

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