- Posted January 21, 2014 by
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U.S. Pending Withdrawl in Afghanistan Leaves Behind More Than War Stories
For the past decade, the US military has been involved in the Global War on Terror. There are some faceless soldiers that get forgotten in the everyday coverage. The interpreters. These are the men and women who put their lives and the lives of their families on the line to support their country and fight for a better life. What happens to these brave souls once the US military giant leaves? They are left to slaughter by Iraqi militant groups and by the Taliban in Afghanistan. As a veteran, I can say that my interpreter fought as bravely and as hard as any soldier on the battlefield. Even when the gunner on one of our trucks was wounded, he was quick to pick up a weapon and engage. Now the United States has all but turned their backs on this individual and others like him by giving him the run around on a visa application. With all of the talk about immigration reform, the media tends to focus on immigrants solely from Latin American Countries. Well if anyone has earned a path to citizenship, it is those who have forged a path through combat while supporting our troops. Ladies and gentlemen, I have been there and done that and I can tell you that our casualties would be far greater if not for those who would support our cause. Are we to leave them behind? We owe them a debt of gratitude and an opportunity at life rather than torture at the hands of the ruthless terrorists. Go to facebook and like the page Vets for Terps. It is an upstart page geared towards raising awareness of the issue so that our politicians in Washington can support these brave soldiers as well. If there is anyone else working to help your interpreter out, please contact us through that page and we can help you as well.