Veteran Fights for Interpreters Left Behind In Iraq

John Taylor returned home from a year-long military deployment to Iraq with the Galva Illinois Army National Guard in 2005. Despite very hazardous assignments, such as patrolling Route Irish, which has been called the “world’s most dangerous road”, all 122 men who deployed with Taylor’s unit returned home; however, many of the interpreters who served […]

The Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2019 Press Conference

On Thursday, May 16, No One Left Behind volunteers joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jack Reed (D-RI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Gardner(R-CO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), to introduce bipartisan legislation that would provide additional visas for Afghans who have assisted the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and whose lives […]

A Bright Future for the SIV Program

Last spring, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) released a report shining a light on the disturbing drop in arrivals for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients into the U.S. According to IRC’s findings, total SIV arrivals declined by 28 percent (FY18) compared to the same time period the year before (FY17). Hans Van de Weerd, […]

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 […]

We did it! 4,000 Additional Special Immigrant Visas for 2019

No One Left Behind Applauds Approval of 4,000 Special Immigrant Visas. On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives demonstrated that America is committed to keeping our promise to our Afghan wartime allies with the extension of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. With the passing of the funding bill, 4,000 additional SIVs will be provided for […]

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,” […]