Working with Vets for American Ideals

Over the past several weeks, I've been speaking with the non-partisan, 501(c)(3) human rights organization Veterans for American Ideals, a group of vets working together to advocate for policy changes and actions to make America a better place. They're rallying vets in support of causes like refugee protection and U.S. leadership against enabling mass atrocities in Syria. It's an organization and mission that only grows more vital in the world's current political climate.

As November ended, I had the honor of joining about 30 veteran leaders at VFAI's Leader Convening in Washington, D.C. There, I spent two days lending my efforts to help develop their initiatives to combat Islamophobia and push for an expansion of the SIV program.

Video: Stand With Me

I was honored to be a part of this short video, produced by James T. Elric, that preaches the message of love.

"This is a call to action. We must speak out against the fear mongering and bigotry that is surging in America. Please help share this video and help inspire people to stand together and stand against those who try to divide us. Islamophobia is rampant and precipitating heinous crimes against innocent people. It is also driving us to turn our backs on refugees who deserve our compassion. Please support Syrian refugees and support Muslims in America. Let's not make the mistakes of our past. The news media can choose to promote fear, but they cannot stop a video from going viral."