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Veterans Speak Out

"The generous welcome I received is what inspired me to give back to our country and protect it from enemies foreign and domestic." —Emir Hadzic, USMC Veteran, Bosnian Muslim Refugee

Through Vets for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, veterans are coming together under the belief that America is its strongest and most secure when its policies and actions match its ideals.

Muslim Americans proudly serve in our military, and many more Muslim allies from other nations fought alongside us in Iraq and Afghanistan. As veterans, we’re speaking out against Islamophobia in the name of American values, national security, and our common humanity.

Latest News and Press Releases

January 22, 2019 Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s Supreme Court decision lifting injunctions that will allow the Trump Administration’s policy banning certain transgender people from the military to go into...
September 19, 2018 Washington, D.C.—A group of veteran organizations today urged Congress to take action to protect Afghan military allies seeking refuge in the United States. In a letter sent to the House and Senate,...
August 24, 2018 Washington, D.C.—Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, today praised Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) for calling for an additional four...
July 07, 2018 Washington, D.C.—In response to continued reports that many immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits are being discharged and having their legal status questioned, Scott Cooper, founder of...
May 16, 2018 Washington, D.C—To commemorate Ramadan Vets for American Ideals and MuslimMarine.org today launched the “29 for 29 Ramadan Initiative,” a project bringing 29 U.S. military...
April 24, 2018 Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing to become the next Director of the CIA is just two weeks away. Her nomination—since it was announced in February—has drawn concern from Democrats and Republicans...
November 20, 2017 Last week Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law within ten days. The bill authorizes 3,500 Afghan...

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