A Veteran’s Reaction: The Vietnam War

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.

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 […]

Updates to SIV Resettlement Cities and Procedures

     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 […]

Today is World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, a day for us all to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees across the globe.  Refugees are people who’ve been forced to flee their homes due to persecution, war, violence, or famine. For many of us, we hear the word “refugee” and we immediately think of […]

Help for Blacklisted Interpreters

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 […]

Volunteer Profile: Jamie Gold

We wanted to find out about what it’s like volunteering for No One Left Behind, so we talked to Jamie Gold, who works tirelessly to help out at our San Diego Chapter.  Here’s what she had to say: I’m an author, journalist, professional speaker and Certified Kitchen Designer.  All of my talks and writing, including […]

Generous Donor and Car Dealership Work with NOLB to Support Our Mission

As NOLB continues to assist the Afghan and Iraq interpreters (SIVs)  and their families who are re-settling in the US, we have found that providing a vehicle is the single most critical step to get the SIV to self-sufficiency. With a car comes employment and financial stability which allows NOLB to reallocate funds to other […]

Helping a Veteran Hero in Omaha, NE

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 […]