A Place for Hero’s to Call Home in California’s East Bay Area

Story for NOLB by Jessica Towhey Sometime this year, Hamza Baba* will sit for a California medical licensing exam. If he passes and is granted the license, he’ll be eligible to practice in two countries: Afghanistan and the United States. But in all likelihood, he will only ever work in the U.S. since going back to […]

A Medical Situation Meets Can-Do American Spirit In Rochester

By Ellen Smith, President, NOLB- Rochester Chapter Time was running out for Bashir and his family in Kabul.   A wartime interpreter for the U.S. mission for years in Afghanistan, Bashir would frequently go over the border to get life-saving medicine in Pakistan that was not available in Afghanistan. However, as part of the process […]

Quiet And Calm After Chaos

Written by Jessica R. Towhey Noorullah Aziz was 12 years old when his childhood came to an abrupt end. Armed Taliban fighters came to his village in Afghanistan and demanded his family turn over any weapons they had. Since the family had no weapons, the Taliban demanded money. They took the family’s life savings. Still a […]

Meet Smith. A U.S. Army “Terp” About to Make A Desperate Run to Turkey with His Young Family.

Written by Jessica R. Towhey NOTE: A few weeks after messaging with No One Left Behind for this initial story, Smith moved his family to a village closer to the border with Turkey. He had to leave his family to find work, returning to his first career as a Pharmacy Assistant in a hospital. They continued […]

From Celine Dion And Madonna To A U.S. Marine Special Forces Unit

Written by Jessica R. Towhey Ali Rasouly spent four years working as an interpreter for MARSOF U.S. Marine Raider Special Forces units. It took five years for him to be approved for a Special Immigrant Visa to move to the United States when it became too dangerous to continue living in Afghanistan. “It doesn’t make sense,” […]

She Walked 7 Miles Home From Work After Midnight

Meet 19-year-old Marwa Mohammadi. Marwa’s family arrived in the US in 2017 after facing death threats from the Taliban because of her father’s 10 years of service with the Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. Marwa’s father is unable to work and her mother doesn’t speak any English. At 19, Marwa is the sole supporter of her […]

SIVs Achieve Self Sufficiency through Wheels-to-Work

Part of fulfilling the mission of No One Left Behind is supporting our chapters in their creative efforts to effectively assist Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) families with their transition to new lives in the U.S. NOLB has helped over 40 SIV families acquire a vehicle through our Wheels to Work program in our Rochester, NY […]

NOLB family helps rescue neighbor during apartment fire

One of our California families suffered a tragedy this week. They just lost everything due to an apartment fire – two bags of items salvaged by the firefighters and some Red Cross blankets are all this family has left. The fire started in the apartment above them but it engaged the sprinkler system in their […]

The Essence of Good

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 […]

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 […]