From L-R: Matt Zeller, Brian Steblay, John Jameson, Matthew Landis, and Janis Shinwari and Aleem Akrami at Winning Connections
No One Left Behind (NOLB) helps America’s Wartime Allies with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States by providing legal, housing and employment assistance.
On Thursday, April 26, Winning Connections (WC) President John Jameson and Brian Steblay, Vice President for Operations at WC and Co-Founder and Board Member at No One Left Behind, had the privilege of hosting NOLB CEO Matt Zeller, Pittsburgh Chapter Director Matthew Landis, and interpreters Janis Shinwari and Aleem Akrami – both of whom served side-by-side with US forces, and all of whom served in the military.
The four heroes were in Washington DC to lead a contingent of over 100 veterans and former translators to the Hill to ask Congress to save the Special Immigration Visa (SIV) program. Under the current administration, the number of visas issued has decreased 65% this year alone, meaning 2,000 already allocated visas will go to waste (visas are “use or lose”). Winning Connections believes our country has a moral responsibility to bring the interpreters here. We urge you to ask your leaders support Senator Shaheen’s bill to save the SVI program.
Winning Connections has long advocated on behalf of our service heroes. We hope to see Senator Shaheen’s bill up for a YES vote in the near future, and will do anything and everything we can to assist in that fight and support our veterans.
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