News and Views

August 1, 2018
 As veterans we understand the bond established among teams, especially in combat. Our wartime allies, brave men and women who chose to work hand in hand with the United States, were and continue to be integral to our teams in Afghanistan and Iraq....
July 31, 2018
Did you know that Vets for American Ideals has local teams around the country? Teams engage in service projects, awareness-raising activities, and advocacy to support VFAI's mission in their communities. Stay informed about local happenings and...
July 29, 2018
  From January to June of 2017, 10,267 immigrants came to the United States on special immigrant visas. Over the same period in 2018, the number fell by more than half, to 4,166. Matt Zeller, a veteran who credits Janis Shinwari, an Afghan...
July 23, 2018
Tell us about your military service. Growing up, there was a short blip of about 20 minutes in high school where I thought it would be a fun idea to join the military, but I quickly put it out of my head in favor of a traditional college experience...
July 19, 2018
  Michael Jurrens, a Rochester, Minnesota-based veteran who served in Afghanistan, is working to help refugees in northern France. At the International Association for Refugees, Michael supports asylum seekers by providing food, water, and basic...
July 16, 2018
By Cal Hickey In April 2016 my wife Kathy and I fulfilled a longtime dream to take a Viking River Cruise down the Danube River. The trip exceeded our expectations in every imaginable way. We cruised past castles, quaint villages and vineyards as we...
July 15, 2018
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania--Yesterday, Saturday, July 14, Scott Cooper, founder of Veterans for American Ideals and director of nationals security outreach at Human Rights First, accepted the annual Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's Humanitarian Award, ...
July 13, 2018
On Tuesday, VFAI leader Rick Burns sat down with the host of The Fallon Forum in Iowa to discuss the work of the Karadah Project. Founded by Rick, The Karadah Project is a community service organization that advocates for refugees and works to...
July 9, 2018
9/11 changed everything.  Matthew Deibel remembers shortly after the towers fell, a store owned by one of his Muslim neighbors in Ohio was vandalized. “I knew them. They were good people, and it was so upsetting—this blanket racism and hatred,” he...
July 9, 2018
Veteran, first-generation American, and career guru, Eric Ahn's message to fellow veterans this Fourth of July: “We can still fight for those same people and I think veterans are the perfect people in American society to help bridge divides, bridge...

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