Category Archive for: News

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.…



Helping a Veteran Hero in Omaha, NE

by NOLB Staff

I want to take this opportunity to thank NOLB for helping me in providing services to a very deserving Afghan former interpreter name Waheed who arrived in Omaha, NE about two weeks ago. Waheed had worked as an interpreter since 2003 and had been involved in many combat operations in Kandahar, Jalalabad, Bagram, Gazni and…



The Muslim refugee who saved an American soldier

by NOLB Staff

From our friends at the Christian Science Monitor. Read the original article here. FAIRFAX, VA. — Knocked out by enemy mortar rounds, 1st Lt. Matt Zeller had just regained consciousness when the fire drew closer. As he got his bearings, he realized he was literally in an empty grave, dozens of Taliban militants firing down…