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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 […]

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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,” […]

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SIV APPLICATIONS FILED AFTER 12.23.16

Update on “sensitive and trusted activity” requirement for SIV applications filed after December 23, 2016. From State Department: “Evidence provided by the applicant (including the information contained in the applicant’s Verification of Employment in Afghanistan, Letter of Recommendation, Form DS-157, Statement of Threats Received as a Consequence of Your Employment, and Employee Badge) is evaluated […]

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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 […]

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CNN Heroes Features Work of No One Left Behind

Merrifield, Va. – On Thursday CNN released a news feature highlighting the work of non-profit No One Left Behind (NOLB). The story showcases the support NOLB provides to Iraqi and Afghan translators who work alongside U.S. troops overseas as they seek safety and a new life in the United States. Matt Zeller, Janis Shinwari, and […]

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CNN Heroes – NOLB!

These war heroes face another kind of danger Oakton, Virginia (CNN)In 2008, Matt Zeller was serving in Afghanistan as a captain in the US Army. One day while out on a routine mission, he and his squad were attacked by Taliban insurgents. Zeller would have been killed, he said, had it not been for his […]

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No One Left Behind’s Matt Zeller Honors Sen. John McCain

I had the honor to meet with Sen. McCain on four occasions in my life. The first was when I volunteered for his first Presidential Campaign in 2000. I was 18. I met him at the Rochester, NY Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park on a cold February Saturday evening. I had spent the afternoon […]

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SIVs Achieve Self Sufficiency through Wheels-to-Work

Part of fulfilling the mission of No One Left Behind is assisting 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. We need your financial support to continue this and […]

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We Cannot Betray Our Afghan and Iraqi Allies

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 […]

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Freeing Our Allies to Pursue the American Dream

This weekend – as we remember those who fought and died in service to our country – America risks breaking our promise to wartime allies who desperately need our help. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) arrivals overall in the first half of this year have declined by 28 percent compared to the same time period last […]

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