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February 1, 2019
  The U.N. Refugee Agency has started a campaign in solidarity with refugees around the world. Its goal is to have supporters track the miles they walk, run, or bike worldwide with the goal of accumulating two billion kilometers. The UNHCR hopes to...
January 28, 2019
  By Chris Purdy On a bleak and windy day, in the ranch lands of Texas, 30 veterans, refugees, and representatives of local businesses came together to lend a helping hand to a beleaguered Cambodian community in Rosharon, Texas. The area was hit...
January 28, 2019
by Scott Cooper The commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday is a national day of service. It is intended to be a Day ON, not a day off. And so, last weekend, thousands of Americans went out into their communities to volunteer, including...
January 28, 2019
  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often spoke of the end goal of his activism as the “beloved community,” a love and understanding among all people that “will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age.” It was in...
January 24, 2019
As the Taliban resurges in Afghanistan and uncertainty builds about a potential troop withdrawal, there is a new sense of urgency to provide safe haven for Afghans who helped U.S. forces. “Every day of this slowdown in processing exposes more and...
January 22, 2019
  Washington, D.C. — In response to today’s Supreme Court decision lifting injunctions that will allow the Trump Administration’s policy banning certain transgender people from the military to go into effect, Scott Cooper, founder of Veterans for...
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...

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