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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

April 25, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, in partnership with fellow veteran organizations, today called on Congress to take immediate action to protect...
April 04, 2017 Meet Major Lance Sellon. He’s an Army National Guard Chaplain with deployments to Afghanistan and Africa. He’s also a youth minister, a husband, and a father. And he’s speaking up for the...
March 16, 2017   Washington, D.C.—Veterans for American Ideals today applauded last night's ruling by Judge Derrick K. Watson that preserves the United States’ relationship with key Muslim-majority ally...
March 15, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today applauded the bipartisan effort of Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John McCain (R-AZ), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to protect Afghan allies...
March 09, 2017 When veterans serve, they do so without regard to race, gender, creed, or religion. Veterans are as diverse as America itself—but if there is one thing that unites them all: the unwavering...
February 16, 2017 When veterans take off the uniform their sense of duty remains. And whether a parent, a sibling, a neighbor, or friend, they proudly play the role of citizen AND soldier. Meet Sarah Feinberg...
January 12, 2017 By Joe Jenkins When you think about how the United States engages in modern warfare, you probably think of vast carrier fleets, thundering tank battalions, hi-tech stealth aircraft, or elite...

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