Will you to add your voice to call on the Administration to safeguard the Afghan allies who have worked by our side over the past two decades – not only with our military, but also supporting and implementing efforts to advance U.S. women and girls programs, and successful health, education, and agriculture programs?
Please sign this letter joining hundreds of other veterans. Your voice will make a difference in the lives of families that are truly in danger.
If the Administration hears from you – veterans, many of whom were deployed in Afghanistan – they will be reminded that great nations leave no one behind.
President Joe Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
As veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, we are writing to express our strong and unwavering support for the ongoing evacuation efforts for U.S. citizens and our Afghan allies being led by the United States at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Throughout our military service, we have seen firsthand the importance of not just the interpreters who worked alongside our troops on the battlefield, but also the thousands of Afghans who directly supported our American mission through U.S.-funded NGOs, contractors, and other implementers.
These civilian operations – led by the Afghans working on U.S. funded projects – have been vital for U.S. national security and for empowering millions of women and girls. The grave danger now faced by these Afghans allies and their families cannot be understated.
We are also deeply worried that this group of Afghans – individuals who qualify for Priority 2 refugee status – could be largely left behind by the current U.S. military evacuation efforts. We fear that the U.S. will fail in its moral duty to protect these individuals who stood directly with America.
Therefore, we write with three specific and urgent requests for your Administration:
1. Prioritize U.S.-led evacuations for potential and qualifying Priority 2 applicants and their families for evacuation efforts alongside potential Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and U.S. citizens.
2. Extend the evacuation mission past August 31, 2021 – not just for U.S. citizens – but for all our Afghan allies that worked alongside us in the military and U.S. civilian missions, assuming everyone cannot be evacuated by the deadline.
3. Ensure safe corridors for evacuees to access the Kabul airport.
Thank you for your attention and leadership to help get all our Afghan allies to safety. As we all know, time is of the essence.