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March 23, 2018
News from the Week of March 18th This week columnist Michael Gerson reflects on what it means to be American. He recalls how during World War II, 90 percent of Americans supported food rationing at home to help starving people in Europe and Asia....
March 20, 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...
March 19, 2018
Tell me about your service with the U.S. military. Where did you serve? With whom? What was your role?​ My name is Walaa Ali and I am originally from Baghdad. As a program manager and interpreter with American NGOs in Iraq, I worked with Provincial...
March 16, 2018
This Sunday, the International Rescue Committee and Tucson Jewish Community Center are hosting an event entitled, “Walk a Mile in a Refugee’s Shoes”. This simulation is aimed at providing the Tucson community with insight into the hardships,...
March 14, 2018
By Erich Almonte In his book, “Gettysburg: The Pivotal Battle of the Civil War,” Captain Robert K. Beecham wrote: “The power of the soldiers to endure the fatigue of the march and keep their places in the ranks was greatly enhanced by an opportunity...
March 9, 2018
This week, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shared the stories of  20 refugee women who came together to open and run a dairy cooperative in Ethiopia. On a good day, these women earn up to 540 Ethiopian Birr—the equivalent of $26 U....
March 7, 2018
SIV Sips is an initiative from Veterans for American Ideals, in collaboration with Starbucks, with the goal of gathering military veterans, refugees and Special Immigrant Visa recipients (interpreters and translators who helped U.S. troops in Iraq...
March 7, 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...
March 2, 2018
On Wednesday, VFAI hosted Monsters to Destroy: a Multimedia Talk in Defense of Refugees. Comedian and filmmaker Ben Tumin shared his connection to refugee resettlement, using anecdotes about his grandfather, a German-Jewish refugee. Ben gave an...
February 28, 2018

Samey, second from left, with his legal team.
In April of 2016 Vets for American Ideals members sprung to action to try to help Samey Honaryar, an Afghan interpreter seeking asylum in the United States after fleeing the Taliban. After he...

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