Category Archive for: News

We Cannot Betray Our Afghan and Iraqi Allies

by NOLB Staff

The United States Congress has voted to impose a virtual death sentence on Afghan and Iraqi translators and support personnel who offered services to the U.S. military and contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq. On Wednesday, the Senate approved the $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act but refused to include any provisions for the Special Immigrant…



2017 No One Left Behind Annual Report

by NOLB Staff

Four years into our mission, No One Left Behind operates chapters in ten cities, having helped resettle 2,001 SIV principles for a total of 5,226 people assisted domestically since our founding in 2013. Our goal for the future remains simple – save all the remaining wartime allies (estimated at 50,000 people) left behind in Afghanistan…



The Meaning in Volunteering

by NOLB Staff

Our volunteers mean so much to our organization, our clients, and our communities. We want to share this letter written to our Chief Operating Officer, Jason Gorey, from one of our great No One Left Behind volunteers, Katie: Hi Jason, I hope you have had a nice weekend. I just wanted to thank you again for…



A Veteran’s Fight

by NOLB Staff

We posted this article on our Facebook and Twitter accounts a few days ago. We have since received more information on Muhammad’s case and wanted to post a follow-up. Kristy Perano’s family has been working tirelessly for the past 9 months to get Muhammad Kamran, an Afghan interpreter that worked with the U.S. military for 10 years, and his family safely…



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…



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…



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.…