Washington, DC — The largest progressive group of veterans in America, with over 1.5 million supporters, is cheering President Biden’s plan to swiftly move Afghan interpreters and their families out of Afghanistan, prior to final American withdrawal from the war.
Mary Kaszynski, Director of Government Relations for VoteVets, said in a statement of Operation Allied Refuge:
“President Biden has made it clear that he views the safety and security of our Afghan interpreters to be of urgent importance, and today his administration is continuing to follow through on the issue. We applaud the President for finally ending the war in Afghanistan, and for implementing a responsible drawdown that keeps faith with our Afghan partners.
Getting our Afghan partners out of the country, and into ours, is an issue that unites veterans from the left, right, and center. Universally, those who served in the most recent wars all have nothing but deep appreciation and affection for those who put their lives, and their families' lives, on the line for our country. They've earned the safety and security that the United States can provide, and you’d be hard-pressed to find any veteran who disagrees.
We will not rest until all of the interpreters who seek refuge receive it. Today’s announcement from the Biden administration is a huge step, but until all interpreters and their families are safely on American soil, we simply will not rest.”
VoteVets has been one of the most active veterans’ groups advocating for the safety of interpreters. The group launched two videos on social media, which have been viewed and retweeted tens of thousands of times. They can be viewed here:
Take Them Too – Social Media Ad Featuring 11 Members of Congress:
11 Members of Congress have come together this July 4th to call for the immediate evacuation of Afghan interpreters who served alongside US troops. We have no time to waste.
— VoteVets (@votevets) July 4, 2021
Save Those Who Served – Social Media Ad Featuring Interpreter:
Here’s a former interpreter for the U.S. Army in Iraq who put his life on the line to help our troops. He knows the personal security risks of being left behind. We need to do right by our Afghan interpreters. They need our help. Time is running out. pic.twitter.com/ytDf7vR5og
— VoteVets (@votevets) June 24, 2021