A Veteran’s Reaction: The Vietnam War

by NOLB Staff

Friends, As I’m finishing Ken Burns’ amazing documentary film, The Vietnam War, I’m struck by how similar my war, Vietnam, is to the war in Afghanistan. These quotes from a fellow Vietnam veteran are burned in my mind: “Every major contact I remember with the NVA was initiated by them ambushing us.”  “The disillusionment for…



Our Best to John McCain

by No One Left Behind

As you no doubt read in the news, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has brain cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. We hope he makes a speedy and full recovery. Whether you know it or not, the SIV (Special Immigrant Visa) program exists today because of the tireless work of Sen.…



Telling it like it is: Our Allies are Veterans Too.

by No One Left Behind

Yesterday’s Washington Post really does tell it like it is. It’s important; no, it’s vital that you read it. Consider what combat translators/interpreters have done for us, and, more importantly, how much more we could and should be doing for them. We owe them that. They protected and supported our men and women in uniform. They…



Help those who helped us.

by No One Left Behind

First and foremost, thank you! Your generosity over the last two weeks helped No One Left Behind keep 15 families off the streets in the DC area!! Thanks to you, 30 adults and 45 children are still safe in the homes they’ve made here in America. Thank you. Of course, our work is never done.…



The Essence of Good

by No One Left Behind

The Essence of Good How do you repay someone for the gift of life? What is it you wouldn’t do? I imagine you’d do anything. Janis Shinwari, the Afghan translator who worked with my Army unit in Afghanistan, saved my life (check out the amazing story here), and those of four other American soldiers over…



Updates to SIV Resettlement Cities and Procedures

by No One Left Behind

     On June 8th, the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration announced changes to the Reception and Placement process for SIVs, effective immediately. The Reception and Placement (R&P) program is the program that assists SIVs for the first 90 days of their life in the US and covers services such…



Freedom Matters

by No One Left Behind

  We are excited to be launching a new #FREEDOMMATTERS campaign to support the many interpreters who served us so valiantly in Afghanistan and Iraq, and we need your help. We are hoping to raise up to $100,000 to enable them to build new lives here in America. It really is the greatest gift we can give them.…



Help for Blacklisted Interpreters

by No One Left Behind

No One Left Behind recently met with the U.S. Department of State to advocate for the many ‘blacklisted’ interpreters. A blacklisted interpreter is one who has been rejected from receiving or applying for an SIV due to: Having been terminated for cause, Being security ineligible, Failing a security review, or Failing the CI polygraph. We…