News and Views

August 17, 2018
On Sunday, one year after the violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, Unite the Right protestors descended on our nation’s capital. In an Op-Ed published in the USA Today over the weekend, our very own Scott Cooper articulated the need...
August 10, 2018
Ali Nayyef grew up in Iraq as the son of an interpreter for the United States military. After his father was killed by Al-Qaeda, he and his family immigrated to the United States. Before he came to his new home, however, he reached out to the...
August 3, 2018
by Honor Fusselman I was born on Veterans Day. My parents have told the story that the name Honor seemed only fitting to be given to an infant on that day. My name has become the core of my identity, a challenge I strive to live up to each day.  I...
August 3, 2018
Haeder Alanbki, who now lives in Orlando, was stabbed four times and shot at while serving with U.S. forces in Iraq. American soldiers serving with him said he was facing certain death back home and had a $25,000 bounty on his head. His brother,...
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
  Our Leader Spotlights offer a glimpse into our diverse leadership: veterans who are continuing to serve their country and community in creative ways. Today, we profiled Gretchen Klingler, a Ohio-based U.S. Air Force veteran, college student, and...
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...

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