IAVA Partners With No One Left Behind to Support the #FinishTheMission Campaign
To Mark the One-Year Anniversary of US Withdrawal from Afghanistan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 8, 2022
New York, NY – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is excited to partner with No One Left Behind (NOLB) in support of the #FinishTheMission campaign, which is aimed at showcasing the critical role that interpreters and other local allies played in Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror.
Through the campaign, which will run from August 1 through August 30, IAVA and NOLB, and other VSO partners will challenge veterans, frontline civilians, and all who worked alongside our allies in the Global War on Terror to tell their stories of working alongside the Afghan interpreters, contractors and others who have been left behind.
“A year has passed since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. 300,000+ Afghan wartime allies (interpreters & their families) remain left behind. They need our help. IAVA will not abandon them,” said Matt Zeller, Senior Advisor for IAVA. “Campaigns like this are critical because they allow us to share and amplify the work our Afghan allies did for us. We will fight to ensure that our country keeps its promise to those who served us.”
“Over 160,000 Special Immigrant Visa-eligible Afghans are still left behind,” said Jeff Phaneuf, Director of Advocacy for NOLB. “We have a moral obligation to #FinishTheMission and assist these people, many of whom worked directly alongside Americans in combat. This campaign calls attention to the heroes that fought and worked with US forces during conflicts in the Middle East while highlighting the ongoing plight of our allies left behind.”
Individuals can join the campaign by downloading the campaign toolkit and materials at the link here.
No One Left Behind (NOLB) is the oldest charitable organization focused specifically on supporting former interpreters and U.S. government employees eligible for the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs. The organization helps evacuate deserving SIV applicants to safety and provides resettlement assistance to help them start new lives as Americans. NOLB also advocates for its allies with the U.S. government, provides subject matter expertise to the media, and partners with other charitable organizations, advocacy groups, and major American employers to provide opportunities to new Afghan-Americans and Iraqi-Americans. Learn more: https://www.nooneleft.org/.
IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at quickreactionforce.org or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at iava.org/membership.