Veterans for American Ideals

Veterans for American Ideals We raised our right hands and pledged to support and defend the Constitution. That commitment does not stop. Veterans for American Ideals is a project of Human Rights First.
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We are a nonpartisan group of veterans who share a belief that America is strongest and most secure when its policies and actions match its ideals. We dedicated parts of our lives to our country as citizen-soldiers, and we believe that honor, courage, commitment, duty, and country are not just words, but values that embody our service and our entire nation. To be a citizen-soldier is to be part of a courageous and service-oriented family that breathes life into citizenship. After taking off the uniform, we seek to continue serving our country by advocating for policies that are consistent with the ideals that motivated us to serve in the first place.

Mission: Veterans for American Ideals is a nonpartisan group of veterans who share a belief that America is strongest and most secure when its policies and actions match its ideals. We dedicated parts of our lives to our country as citizen-soldiers, and we believe that honor, courage, commitment, duty, and country are not just words, but values that embody our service and our entire nation. To be a citizen-soldier is to be part of a courageous and service-oriented family that breathes life into citizenship. After taking off the uniform, we seek to continue serving our country by advocating for policies that are consistent with the ideals that motivated us to serve in the first place.

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International Refugee Assistance Project
11/20/2020
International Refugee Assistance Project

International Refugee Assistance Project

NEW: IRAP has released a report outlining the steps needed to rebuild the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, expanding pathways to safety and cutting through unnecessary barriers and red tape in existing pathways.

Currently the Department of Defense has a program which directs unused military equipment to local law enforcement agenc...
11/18/2020
VFAI

Currently the Department of Defense has a program which directs unused military equipment to local law enforcement agencies around the country, often without local governments' oversight or approval.

🚨 The militarization of our police and communities does not make our communities safer. 🚨

We know this. We must urge our Congressmembers to support the inclusion of police reforms in the this year's final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

And guess what? It takes less than 💥10💥 seconds.

https://vfai.quorum.us/campaign/29578/

VFAI

11/18/2020
International Refugee Assistance Project

International Refugee Assistance Project

“We owe it to these guys...It's morally the right thing to do.” The allies who served alongside our nation’s veterans deserve more than broken promises and bureaucratic red tape. We must fulfill our promise to bring our allies to safety. #SaveOurAllies #VeteransDay

Without a peaceful transition of power, our nation's security is at stake.We had an incredible election, with high turno...
11/18/2020
How Trump's transition of power delay threatens national security and public safety

Without a peaceful transition of power, our nation's security is at stake.

We had an incredible election, with high turnout, transparency, and generally smooth administration even in the face of a pandemic; we have a clear result and clear processes to finalize certification and move into a transition. Now people are ready to move forward.

Baseless claims and attempts to draw out the process and attack local election officials are damaging not only to our democracy, but to the countless people who have volunteered their time and energy to ensuring every vote is counted.

Americans are ready to move on and to continue to build stronger communities, and a stronger country, together.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/10/politics/trump-biden-transition-of-power-delay/index.html

President Donald Trump is doing everything he can to obstruct and delay the transition of President-elect Joe Biden to the White House.

11/17/2020
HIAS

Veterans stand up for human rights because #ServiceDoesntStop and the fight for American ideals will always prevail.

“Some of us came here earlier on the Mayflower and some of us came later on a smaller boat. We are part of the fabric of society.” -Huey Nguyenhuu, Retired Lieutenant in the Navy and former refugee from Vietnam.

On this Veterans Day, we honor all those who risked their lives and safety to protect our country, even after escaping persecution themselves.

Learn more at www.hias.org/veterans.
#VeteransDay #VeteransforRefugees

We put hundreds of vets on the front lines of this election as poll workers and volunteers; we couldn't be more proud of...
11/12/2020
Veterans for American Ideals

We put hundreds of vets on the front lines of this election as poll workers and volunteers; we couldn't be more proud of their work.
https://www.vfai.org/content/vfai-vets-power-polls

Human Rights First launches Veterans for American Ideals, a nonpartisan group of veterans who share a belief that America is strongest and most secure when its policies and actions match its ideals.

Thank you to ALL veterans heros. #VeteransDay2020
11/11/2020

Thank you to ALL veterans heros. #VeteransDay2020

“Veterans didn’t just have a prior job-we raised our right hands and took an oath, which is a promise. A promise for act...
11/11/2020

“Veterans didn’t just have a prior job-we raised our right hands and took an oath, which is a promise. A promise for action and for each other. And, that doesn’t leave you." - VFAI leader, Marjorie K. Eastman #VeteransDay2020

Veterans like Bill Shugarts remind us of the importance of protecting our democracy and shows us that in big or small wa...
11/11/2020

Veterans like Bill Shugarts remind us of the importance of protecting our democracy and shows us that in big or small ways #ServiceDoesntStop #VeteransDay2020

Today we honor our veterans, and to us this includes our wartime allies and interpreters. Earlier this year, our Program...
11/11/2020
Veterans Feel Betrayed as U.S. Immigration System Fails Imperiled Iraqi Allies

Today we honor our veterans, and to us this includes our wartime allies and interpreters.

Earlier this year, our Program Manager Chris Purdy explained, "for all intents and purposes, they are veterans. They deserve to be treated on par with our combat soldiers.… These people are just as brave and just as worthy of our respect as anybody who serves the United States overseas.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/iraq-veterans-betrayed-us-immigration-allies-1056216/

Trapped in the endless bureaucracy of a broken visa program, Iraqis who risked their lives to support U.S. forces live in fear at home

While we reflect on the presidential election, we have to remember the hundreds of veterans who served to protect our de...
11/11/2020

While we reflect on the presidential election, we have to remember the hundreds of veterans who served to protect our democracy by serving as poll workers. The American people spoke, now the candidates must listen. That’s how democracy works. #VeteransDay2020 #VotingIsAHumanRight

Thank you for your continued service.
11/11/2020

Thank you for your continued service.

A veteran does not just embody love of country, but love of service. At #VFAI, we are asking each other to stand up, to ...
11/11/2020
Veterans for American Ideals

A veteran does not just embody love of country, but love of service. At #VFAI, we are asking each other to stand up, to serve, and to create the kind of country we want to be. Join us this #VeteransDay2020 at vfai.org to protect the ideals of this country.

Human Rights First launches Veterans for American Ideals, a nonpartisan group of veterans who share a belief that America is strongest and most secure when its policies and actions match its ideals.

Air Force Veteran Steve Schrader demonstrates that #ServiceDoesntStop through his work as a VFAI leader and poll worker ...
11/11/2020

Air Force Veteran Steve Schrader demonstrates that #ServiceDoesntStop through his work as a VFAI leader and poll worker during the past election. #VeteransDay2020

The diversity of our service is representative of the diversity of our veterans. VFAI Leader, Lobsang Salaka, embodies t...
11/11/2020

The diversity of our service is representative of the diversity of our veterans. VFAI Leader, Lobsang Salaka, embodies this through his commitment to protecting our democracy #ServiceDoesn’tStop #VeteransDay2020

At VFAI, our veterans are human rights defenders. This past January, we sent a cadre of vets to the border to bear witne...
11/11/2020
Veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan left shaken by visit to "Remain in Mexico" camp: "It's like a warzone with no one in charge"

At VFAI, our veterans are human rights defenders. This past January, we sent a cadre of vets to the border to bear witness to the human rights abuses and horrific conditions that asylum seekers and refugees face at our border.

"I've been deployed and that's the thing that kept coming up for me: I know what danger is. I specialized in counter-violence and extremism and I've seen the worst of the worst," VFAI Leader Pam Campos-Palma said. "I've been to warzones and yet, I felt in fear."

At VFAI, our veterans know that #WeWelcomeRefugees

#RefugeesWelcome

http://ow.ly/TH6N50ChFGM

On Saturday, one year will have passed since the widely-condemned 'Remain in Mexico' policy was brought into place.

This Veterans Day we honor all of our service members, past and present, who have served our country and who recognize t...
11/11/2020

This Veterans Day we honor all of our service members, past and present, who have served our country and who recognize that upholding American ideals is a lifelong commitment, because #ServiceDoesntStop #VeteransDay2020

Veterans feel betrayed by how we treat our allies
11/10/2020
Veterans feel betrayed by how we treat our allies

Veterans feel betrayed by how we treat our allies

In honor of Veterans Day, let’s reaffirm our commitment to the bipartisan promise to honor our troops and protect our wartime partners overseas. Let’s untangle the red tape around the Special Immigrant Visa Program and fulfill our promise to bring our allies to safety.

Grateful for all the poll workers who served our communities on Election Day and the following days after.
11/09/2020

Grateful for all the poll workers who served our communities on Election Day and the following days after.

We are veterans, human rights defenders, and coalition builders. Join us tomorrow at 5 ET as we come together as a veter...
11/09/2020
VFAI Leader Call 11/10: Rapid Response Election Part 2

We are veterans, human rights defenders, and coalition builders. Join us tomorrow at 5 ET as we come together as a veteran community to discuss our post-election strategy and how we will move forward, together.

Join us and RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdw9sL6HQ1tXfg3RmKaMFLyrthubY8f2cNRxtrLhL9mh0VewQ/viewform

Join us Tuesday, November 10th at 5:00 ET (2:00 PT) as we connect as a community post election. Veterans are often seen as American heroes. This election cycle, we know that the heroes are our public servants who have tirelessly worked for a fair and free election where every vote is counted. As vet...

Our democracy could not be free, fair, and accurate without the thousands of poll workers who made sure to make it happe...
11/09/2020

Our democracy could not be free, fair, and accurate without the thousands of poll workers who made sure to make it happen.

Poll workers make our democracy work smoothly and efficiently. Thank you for your service.
11/09/2020

Poll workers make our democracy work smoothly and efficiently. Thank you for your service.

We are so grateful to the people who cast their ballots across the country, just as we are grateful to the poll workers ...
11/08/2020

We are so grateful to the people who cast their ballots across the country, just as we are grateful to the poll workers and those who are counting the ballots.

Poll workers are the unsung heroes whose hands are doing the work of democracy.
11/08/2020

Poll workers are the unsung heroes whose hands are doing the work of democracy.

Veterans are here to make sure every vote is respected, because this is the democracy we fought for. We push back agains...
11/07/2020

Veterans are here to make sure every vote is respected, because this is the democracy we fought for. We push back against false narratives of voter fraud as well as racial and political violence that could arise in the coming days and weeks. #VetsPowerThePolls #CountEveryVote

Veterans are often seen as American heroes. And this election cycle, we know that the heroes are our public servants tha...
11/07/2020

Veterans are often seen as American heroes. And this election cycle, we know that the heroes are our public servants that have tirelessly fought for a fair and free election where every vote is counted.
#CountEveryVote #VetsPowerThePolls

Veterans for American Ideals's cover photo
11/06/2020

Veterans for American Ideals's cover photo

Election officials, public servants, poll workers: these have been the American heroes this week. They are serving the U...
11/06/2020

Election officials, public servants, poll workers: these have been the American heroes this week. They are serving the United States, doing the good work and fighting the good fight for #democracy. We stand with them. ✊🏼✊🏾✊🏻✊🏿✊🏽

Our CEO Mike Breen said it best this morning: "The 2020 election was unprecedented in many ways.  Americans adapted to n...
11/05/2020

Our CEO Mike Breen said it best this morning:

"The 2020 election was unprecedented in many ways. Americans adapted to new ways to vote and turnout broke records despite a pandemic, both of which are good for democracy. Additionally, our Vets Power the Polls campaign sent over 900 trained volunteers to polling sites to help serve their communities and the democratic process.

We now find ourselves in a situation we long expected. The candidates are done talking, now it’s the American people’s turn to speak – and they do that by having their votes counted. Accurate results will take time.

We have said, 'democracy is worth the wait.' Our plan is to support the execution of the basic human right of democracy by waiting, and urging others to wait, for the votes to be counted."

In the meantime, we have created a Post-Election Messaging Toolkit for you to spread the message of the importance to democracy of a free and fair election.

https://www.vfai.org/sites/default/files/blogs/November%204%20HRF_VFAI%20Post-Election%20Messaging%20Guide.pdf

11/05/2020

Despite the pandemic and numerous barriers to the ballot, voters have done their job and turned out in record numbers. Now, our election officials are doing theirs, as they have in every previous election. It’s our job to be patient. Democracy is worth the wait.

11/04/2020

Every eligible voter should have their voice heard & their vote counted. It's going to take longer to count the votes and verify a winner in this year’s election. Democracy's worth the wait. Be patient so election officials can make sure we #CountEveryVote. #VotingisaHumanRight

Patience and persistence - that’s what is called for in this moment. For democracy to work for all of us, every vote cas...
11/04/2020

Patience and persistence - that’s what is called for in this moment. For democracy to work for all of us, every vote cast must be counted. We need to give officials time to #CountEveryVote we worked so hard to cast - because #VotingisaHumanRight.

11/04/2020

2020 is an unprecedented year in many ways. We saw record voter turnout, and more people voted by mail than ever before, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A longer turnaround time is to be expected, but democracy is worth the wait.

#CountEveryVote

We will wait together for our election workers to verify and count every eligible ballot.

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VFAI is a nonpartisan group of veterans who share the belief that America is strongest when its policies and actions match its ideals. We are veterans and allies who continue their service to America by upholding, defending, and advocating for human rights at home and abroad.


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Is anyone else out there completely frustrated with Tri-West? Or is the agency now taking over called Optum? I’ve got thousands of medical bills that are not being paid even after having prior authorization from the VA for private care at ER’s and Urgent Care facilities. I live hours from the neatest VA facilities so I have to use private doctors and medical facilities at times😡
What is wrong with y'all. I'm an infantryman veteran. Why aren't you all suiting up masking up with N-95 masks and protesting at the white house. N95 are 95% percent effective. My God everything we have sacrificed for and died for is slipping through our hands. America will remember you as evil silent participants. Have you all lost your minds with your balls and will to fight. Really. You will see what I do if he steals the election with electors. Judge me by my actions not by my words. At least combat mos protest. They aren't going to gas you on camera not vets. If your afraid the smoke only makes you cough. I'm ashamed and embarrassed for all of you within distance of washington dc. I'm ashamed. America will remember so will the world. I'm calling on those who still consider themselves a real patriots. I know it's an old fashion ideal but if I still have it in my heart I hope a few of you do too. This is no longer a democracy don't be confused. Trump has refused to step down
Hello VfAI, I am meeting with a General next week about how he can better help his force understand racism and to work through it. I am developing a thesis on this and could use some suggestions.
Are we tracking on this big lawsuit win!?!
Join us on September 6 for a webinar on two successful state campaigns that won support for refugees and refugee resettlement this year! https://www.facebook.com/events/885260278526912/
Join us on September 6 for a webinar on two successful state campaigns that won support for refugees and refugee resettlement this year! https://www.facebook.com/events/885260278526912/
Anyone that serves the US Military in an honorable capacity should be given citizenship.
Friends, If we learned anything in the military, it is the value of a little competition. My nonprofit, Karadah Project, recruits a team for the Iraqi Children Foundation 5k fundraiser in Alexandria, Virginia. We have a competition among friends to see which organization recruits the biggest team. The real winners, of course, are the Iraqi orphans and street kids, but I'm not above a bit of pride-filled motivation. If you are in the D.C. area on 22 June, would you join TEAM KARADAH and help us change a generation of Iraqi kids? Click below. Register. Join Team Karadah. https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/RaceGroup-587021?raceId=32253&fbclid=IwAR0bo_SGjbm53LcCFjpAxIBUIwHHG0yFNVuv4jHIoKblp6pJDi_M_-pnZS4
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