News and Views

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...
June 1, 2018
To commemorate Ramadan, MuslimMarine.org and Vets for American Ideals launched the “29 for 29 Ramadan Initiative,” or #29for29, a project bringing 29 U.S. military veterans to the homes of American Muslim families across the United States during the...
May 24, 2018
Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the United States will not only continue separating children and parents at the border, it will prosecute adult asylum seekers instead of letting them prove they’re in danger in their...
May 23, 2018
By Rick Burns I founded Karadah Project International, an Iowa nonprofit corporation, because of the unique and personal experiences I had with the extraordinary people I met while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. These people, who are courageously...
May 22, 2018
By Travis Weiner  On May 3rd, the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network presented an Immigrant Liberty Award to Veterans for American Ideals leader Maytham Alshadood. The award honors the outstanding contributions of immigrants and advocates in...
May 21, 2018
By Lauren Schulz-Carnes It had been a whirlwind two-and-a-half days with an incredible group of veterans. More than seventy of us had descended on Washington, D.C. to train, share meals, trade stories about war and home, and on that day, fan out...
May 18, 2018
Ramadan began this week and 1.8 billion people in the world are observing, fasting from sunup to sundown each day for the next month. Not Muslim but hoping to be considerate of your observant friends, neighbors, or colleagues? Check out this helpful...

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