News and Views

June 14, 2018
By Mark Footerman Intolerance is the result of festered ignorance. If we open our minds to new cultures, faiths, ideas, and ways of life, we grow closer. This week, I was honored to join Kashif Chaudhry in his place of worship to participate in the...
June 11, 2018
By Maureen Elias If someone asked you to stay the night with a stranger, would you? What if that stranger belonged to a religion that is commonly misunderstood and often associated with religious extremism? When I was asked to spend the night in the...
June 11, 2018
Hello everyone! My name is Damien Powell and I am a new intern working with the Vets for American Ideals (VFAI) team at Human Rights First. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about this great organization and to help bolster ...
June 8, 2018
Muslims around the world continue to observe Ramadan, a month that involves reflection, prayer, and fasting. We are celebrating alongside our Muslim neighbors with our #29for29 initiative, in partnership with Mansoor Shams of MuslimMarine.org, which...
June 7, 2018
By Will Quinn Recently, I was invited to visit a local mosque by the imam, Imam Hammad. The invitation came as part of the 29 for 29 Ramadan Initiative, a project bringing twenty-nine veterans to the homes of American Muslim families for the twenty-...
June 7, 2018
From Doyle Hodges: Last week, Emily and I spent the night with Haris and Khansa Raja and their three boys, as part of the #29for29 initiative, where veterans spend an evening with a local Muslim family during Ramadan. We joined them in a fabulous...
June 7, 2018
by Brett Sheats Last week I participated in the '29/29 Ramadan Initiative.' I was one of 29 veterans nationwide who spent an evening with a Muslim host family to celebrate Ramadan with them. I traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland to the Baitur Rahman...
June 6, 2018
By Eric Gardiner  Last Monday, the Chicago chapter of Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI) proudly partnered with Upwardly Global and FourBlock to put on a night of career preparation training for refugees and immigrants in the local community....
June 4, 2018
By Michael Trudeau Panning around the room, two old men bobbed their heads as they spoke together. Maybe they were talking about the weather, or about how much things have changed since they were young—the subject didn’t matter. While the old men...
June 1, 2018
Thanks to efforts by Vets for American Ideals leaders in Colorado—in partnership with the International Rescue Committee in Denver—refugees and Special Immigrant Visa recipients will soon be eligible for in-state tuition at Colorado colleges. Travis...

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