The Tragic Fate of the Afghan Interpreters the U.S. Left Behind

These men risked their lives for the U.S. military. Now many would like to come to America but are stranded — and in danger Sakhidad Afghan was 19 when he started working as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, in 2009. His father was sick and he wanted to help support their extended family […]

Marine fights for Afghan interpreter, a father of 6, to gain entry into US

Andy Slivka was just 19 when he was deployed to Afghanistan, leaving behind a close-knit family to serve with his fellow Marines in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province six years ago.  Then he met Zia, a 39-year-old Afghan man whose role would become far greater than an English interpreter for Slivka and his platoon. “He acted as […]

The Muslim refugee who saved an American soldier

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 […]

Supporting the children of our interpreters in Washington, DC

NOLB has many requests from the SIV [Special Immigrant Visa – the type of visa that brings our translators home] community ranging from rent assistance, employment help, need for automobiles …. and the list goes on. Unfortunately, for every request we get, we have to turn many others away due to limited financial resources. Recently, […]