CNN Heroes Features Work of No One Left Behind

by NOLB Staff

CNN Heroes Features Work of No One Left Behind

Merrifield, Va. – On Thursday CNN released a news feature highlighting the work of non-profit No One Left Behind (NOLB). The story showcases the support NOLB provides to Iraqi and Afghan translators who work alongside U.S. troops overseas as they seek safety and a new life in the United States. Matt Zeller, Janis Shinwari, and NOLB were named 2018 CNN Heroes for their work to help America’s Wartime Allies with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States.

In this feature, Zeller and Shinwari each articulate the unique and critical value of NOLB to the functioning of the U.S. military in combat zones and to keeping America’s promise to our Wartime Allies.

“Afghan and Iraqi translators, they put themselves and their families at extreme risk to help us win our military’s mission,” said Matt Zeller, No One Left Behind Founder. “These individuals fight shoulder to shoulder with our troops. They are proud patriots who signed up to defend their country and to help us with our mission. How could we leave these people behind?”

“If you decide to work with U.S. troops you are not only putting yourself in danger; you are putting your entire family in danger,” No One Left Behind Co-Founder Janis Shinwari added. “I have still a lot of translators back in Afghanistan…they are living in danger for years. The only hope that they have is to come to the United States.”

Watch the full segment here.

Matt Zeller and Janis Shinwari are available for interviews.

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Background

No One Left Behind (NOLB) is a non-profit aid organization bridging the gap that exists between current State Department and NGO refugee relief programs and provides assistance with housing, employment, and cultural adaptation. NOLB acknowledges the service of Iraqi and Afghan translators and treat clients as the heroic veterans they are.

For more information about NOLB, success stories or to learn about those NOLB has assisted, please visit nooneleft.org or contact Matt Zeller at info@nooneleft.org

 


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3 thoughts on “CNN Heroes Features Work of No One Left Behind

Demetrius Smith

Captain Zeller,

I’m glad to see someone fighting to honor the promises we made to these brave people. I served as a Contingency Contracting Officer in Jordan from 06/2004 – 10/2004. While there I met an Iraqi citizen who realized I was in the military. He worked in an auto garage that I use to take my vehicle and those of the Army SF guys I was there to support. One day he got up the courage to tell me why he was in Jordan. The heartache on his face as he told me how he had to leave without a chance to even pack his belongings really touched me. Al Qaeda in Iraq found out he was working as an Interpreter for the US Army. He was on his way to base one morning when he was ambushed. A bullet grazed his head but he escaped and headed straight for the Jordanian border. Since he fled without being able to talk to the Calvary Unit he wasn’t paid. Through some research I was able to validate his story. He worked for a Unit out of Colorado and I spoke to Soldier he reported to. I hate I didn’t keep a Journal of the names and the actions taken but I was able to help him get the pay he missed when he had to flee.

V/r,

Demetrius Smith, USAF/USAFR
Major (Ret)

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    NOLB Staff

    Thank you for your comment, Demetrius. Storys like yours demonstrate the bravery of our wartime allies. We need to protect and help them in every way we can for their service to our country. We would like to share your story on our Facebook Page – is this ok with you? Thanks!

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Demetrius

Captain Zeller,

I’m glad to see someone fighting to honor the promises we made to these brave people. I served as a Contingency Contracting Officer in Jordan from 06/2004 – 10/2004. While there I met an Iraqi citizen who realized I was in the military. He worked in an auto garage that I use to take my vehicle and those of the Army SF guys I was there to support. One day he got up the courage to tell me why he was in Jordan. The heartache on his face as he told me how he had to leave without a chance to even pack his belongings really touched me. Al Qaeda in Iraq found out he was working as an Interpreter for the US Army. He was on his way to base one morning when he was ambushed. A bullet grazed his head but he escaped and headed straight for the Jordanian border. Since he fled without being able to talk to the Calvary Unit he wasn’t paid. Through some research I was able to validate his story. He worked for a Unit out of Colorado and I spoke to Soldier he reported to. I hate I didn’t keep a Journal of the names and the actions taken but I was able to help him get the pay he missed when he had to flee.

V/r,

Demetrius Smith, USAF/USAFR
Major (Ret)

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