The world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. On Monday, June 19th, the day before World Refugee Day, Veterans for American Ideals will host a screening of the award-winning documentary Salam Neighbor to raise awareness of the millions of men, women, and children forced to flee their homes due to conflict.
After the screening, stay for an interactive discussion with veterans and refugee experts about why the United States must continue to lead, and live up to the words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty by offering assistance to people fleeing persecution, violence, and upheaval.
Veterans for American Ideals is a nonpartisan, veteran-led effort to ensure that U.S. policies and actions match our American ideals. We raise veteran voices to counter fear-based narratives about refugees and to advocate for policies that would improve the pace and scale of refugee resettlement to the United States.
Reed Bonadonna (Moderator)
Reed Bonadonna is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and field historian with deployments to Lebanon and Iraq. He was Director of Ethics at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. His book, Soldiers and Civilization: How the Profession of Arms Thought and Fought the Modern World into Existence was published by the Naval Institute Press in May.
Sharon Kelly McBride oversees Human Rights First’s advocacy campaigns, government relations work, and the mobilization of partners and constituents around the organization’s public policy agenda. She previously served as Human Rights First’s director of communications, and before joining the organization served as Research Director and Policy Advisor for Senator Harry Reid’s Senate Democratic Communications Center. She has worked on numerous national and state-level political campaigns. Sharon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and earned a law degree from Harvard. She is a Truman Security Fellow and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Myles Melnicoff is a sales and trading associate at Goldman Sachs, and a 2016 M.B.A. graduate of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Having served in the U.S. Army since 2005, Myles studied electrical engineering at the United States Military Academy and received his commission as an infantry officer in 2010. In 2012, Myles led an advisory team in Afghanistan, and is currently transitioning into Civil Affairs, the Army Reserve's diplomatic arm.
Mac McEachin is the National Security Policy Associate at the International Refugee Assistance Project. He is a 2016 graduate of the London School of Economics’ MSc in Comparative Politics, having obtained his B.A. cum laude from Temple University's honors program in 2011. Between universities, Mac worked for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, on several political campaigns, and very briefly attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and is a member of the Truman National Security Project.
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