We envision a world where every wartime ally is honored for their brave service and where they and their families find safety and opportunity in a new and welcoming community.
Who We Are
We support Wartime Allies (interpreters, soldiers, cultural advisors, and other allies of American troops) who have been displaced from their homes due to their association and support to Americans.
These men and women have served honorably alongside US forces in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan and went through extensive national security screening by the Department of State before arriving in the US.
When our Wartime Allies and their families resettle in the US, they usually come with nothing more than whatever they can fit into two carry-on suitcases. We do all that we can to make sure that this is not their reality for long.
Our Core Values
Tribe We are one tribe, a family. Our tribe consists of veterans, honorary veterans, civilians, and the people who support them.
Empowerment Honorary veterans and their families are irreplaceable leaders in the NOLB cause. We prioritize programs that help families become self-sufficient.
Partnership We respect individuals and organizations whose work intersects with ours. We do not duplicate programs where other organizations are already effectively and sufficiently delivering services. We partner with all who seek to help our cause.
Honor We seek to regularly honor our members as they serve the community. We are deeply grateful and recognize all who have served our cause.
Integrity We are ruthlessly honest. We will always say what we can do, what we can’t do, and what we hope to do. We take every measure to ensure that our organization and finances are handled ethically and transparently. We safeguard the confidentiality of our members.
Inclusivity Our cause represents common ground. though our members come from radically different backgrounds (ethnic, religions, political, etc.), we are united by our mission and welcome all who support it. All members are treated without prejudice when requesting assistance (please see our formal non-discrimination policy).
Results We are driven by one purpose – to accomplish the mission. We value action and hold ourselves to the highest standards.
“I’m alive today because of my translator”
Matt Zeller should have died on April 28, 2008. Instead, he was able to return to his family and beautiful baby girl because his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari, killed two Taliban fighters who were about to shoot him.
Janis faithfully served America in Afghanistan for 8 years and saved countless American lives. Despite promises the U.S. Military made to every local interpreter supporting our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, it took Matt more than 3 years to get Janis and his family away from the Taliban fighters hunting them.
In November 2013, Janis and Matt started No One Left Behind with one mission: to ensure America treats our interpreters as the heroes and veterans they are. We continue to fight for and support our wartime allies’ and keep America’s promise.