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    With Honor Action Calls on Congress to Help Our Afghan Allies


    Check out this recent letter that With Honor Action and 23 other Veteran Service Organizations signed on to urging Congressional leadership to help our Afghan allies in their time of need.

    August 15, 2023

    Majority Leader Chuck Schumer                                 Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
    322 Hart Senate Office Building                                 317 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510                                                 Washington, DC 20510

    Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy                       Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries
    2468 Rayburn House Office Building                         2433 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515                                                  Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Senator Schumer, Speaker McCarthy, Leader McConnell, and Leader Jeffries,

    We represent 24 unique veterans groups and write in support of protecting our Afghan allies. Tens of thousands of Afghans were left to the mercy of the Taliban when Kabul fell in 2021, unable to escape when coalition forces evacuated. They are interpreters who served in American units, members of the Afghan Air Force and Special Forces, female Afghan Security Forces members, judges, prosecutors, civil servants, journalists, teachers and more – they were our partners and friends, and they are fierce opponents of the Taliban. Today they are pursued by a murderous and radical regime set on revenge.

    America gave these important allies and partners her word: stand with us and we’ll stand by you. To betray the trust that they placed in the United States would represent an intolerable moral failure and a stain on America’s conscience that would last generations. The compromise of our credibility and leadership on the world stage would be profound.

    For two years, thousands of Afghans have been ruthlessly pursued by the Taliban and left in American bureaucratic limbo. The moral imperative is clear and the time to act is now.

    We respectfully urge you to come to an appropriate legislative solution by the end of the calendar year 2023, whether it be in the National Defense Authorization Act, a consolidated appropriations bill (omnibus), or through regular order.

    We ask that you prioritize the visa backlog for all at-risk Afghan allies and swift implementation of adequate vetting protocols in this agreement to protect our national security while keeping our promises.

    We served and shed blood alongside many of these brave Afghans, whose only sin was to pursue a better democratic future for their country. Please do not allow them to be ignored and unprotected for another legislative calendar year. Their lives could well depend on whether America keeps her promise.

    With respect and gratitude,

    With Honor Action
    No One Left Behind
    POLARIS National Security
    Moral Compass Federation
    Operation Pineapple Express Relief
    Task Force Argo
    Blackfeather Foundation
    1208 Foundation
    Save Our Allies
    Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches
    Afghan Free
    Flanders Fields Limited
    Project Exodus Relief
    Special Operations Association of America
    Heart of an ACE
    Operation Recovery
    Operation Sacred Promise
    NATO Afghanistan Justice Sector Project
    Operation Allies Refuge Foundation
    Badger Six
    Lifeline Foundation
    Freedom Bird

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