News and Views

July 7, 2018
Washington, D.C.—In response to continued reports that many immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits are being discharged and having their legal status questioned, Scott Cooper, founder of Veterans for American Ideals and Director of National...
July 6, 2018
As people protested the Supreme Court's travel ban ruling all around the nation, people in downtown Dallas joined in. One of those was Asad Shalami, a Muslim-American, an Afghan refugee, and a U.S. veteran. "When you are a minority and you go...
July 2, 2018
By Eric Ahn July 4th is a day of celebration—a day to celebrate America’s independence with the time-honored traditions of grilling, slicing up watermelons, and bringing the whole family together for a dusk fireworks show. I have fond childhood...
June 28, 2018
Hi everyone, my name is Elaina Stephenson and I am the new fellow on the Vets for American Ideals team at Human Rights First. I am so excited to dive into this incredible work, but first I’d like to share a bit about me and how I came to be a part...
June 28, 2018
Each year on June 20th, we celebrate World Refugee Day. It’s a chance to reflect on the strife of the world’s 65 million displaced individuals, and the service of Afghan and Iraqi interpreters and translators who face danger as a result of their...
June 25, 2018
Veterans for American Ideals is recognizing veteran leaders who are continuing their service by building unity and standing up for American values. Through a series of interviews, we’re asking VFAI leaders to share more about how their service...
June 22, 2018
By Wendy Wheeler Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Hazeem Pudhaipura, his lovely wife Nina, and their three children, Hiba, Hana and Danial. Thanks to Mansoor Shams and Vets for American Ideals’ joint #29/29 Ramadan Initiative, I got...
June 22, 2018
Governors from at least eight states are withholding or recalling National Guard troops from efforts to secure the U.S. border with Mexico. Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said, "Until this policy of separating children from their families has been...
June 18, 2018
By Reed Bonadona I signed up to participate in the 29 for 29 Ramadan initiative fairly impulsively, out of feeling of general support for Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI) and a sense that I could do more to stand up for the American values I...
June 15, 2018
On June 11, International Refugee Assistance Project filed a lawsuit challenging the processing delays of Special Immigrant Visa applications on behalf of Afghan and Iraqi individuals who currently work or who have previously worked with the United...

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