News and Views

October 6, 2018
  This Friday, Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker wrote in Newsweek of his disappointment in the 2019 refugee cap. “As an ambassador to six countries under both Republican and Democratic presidents, I saw firsthand the power of American leadership on...
October 2, 2018
October 2, 2018 – “It doesn’t really matter to me, and I don’t think it matters to Maytham, that I was born here and was in the U.S. military and that he was born in Iraq and was an ally and an interpreter, because we experienced the same thing, and...
September 22, 2018
On September 17th, 1787, America’s founding fathers signed our country’s most prized document at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Army veteran and VFAI leader Arti Walker-Peddakotla reflected on this historic day about the oath she...
September 19, 2018
Fiona Tomlin and Elaina Stephenson Last Tuesday seventeen years since the 9/11 attacks, about 150 people showed up to DC Improv for a night of storytelling. Each year, September 11th remains a sorrowful commemoration of those we lost in the...
September 19, 2018
Elaina Stephenson and Fiona Tomlin September 19, 2018 Our military has a strong, strategic tradition of depending on local allies. Throughout U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan, thousands of locals have provided mission support as interpreters...
September 17, 2018
  Want to make your voice heard in support of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program? We've drafted sample tweets and a letter to your Senator to help you reach your legislators during this critical fight.   Appropriations Committee Members  ...
September 14, 2018
  Our Leader Spotlight series highlights the diverse, dynamic membership of our grassroots movement of veterans. VFAI leader Maggie Seymour is a self-described small-town Midwestern girl at heart. She is a United States Marine Corps veteran based in...
September 14, 2018
Vincent Cochetel has worked for UNHCR for over 30 years. In a compelling interview, he talks to Melissa Fleming about his early career interviewing asylum-seekers in Turkey, being kidnapped and held in captivity for 317 days in the Caucasus, and...
September 7, 2018
  Welcome back from the holiday weekend! Though short, this week has been busy.​ On September 5th, VFAI’s D.C. team joined local faith leaders on the Hill to urge lawmakers to welcome refugees and save the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. As...
August 31, 2018
Last weekend America lost one of her very best. Senator John McCain, patriot and statesman, passed away on August 25th at his home in Arizona. McCain will be remembered for his unwavering love of country and devotion to duty. As we pause for a...

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