Use this guide to connect to, provide, share, and/or understand resources available to the Afghans and Americans that are resettling from Afghanistan during the August 2021 Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis.

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VFRL Statement

“We remember the costs and sacrifices this almost 20-year conflict has required of our Service members, veterans, and their families.”


Twenty years ago, September 11 was just another Fall day — people headed to work and school, unprepared for the heartbreak that is forever etched in our memories. It is difficult, even now, to process the ways in which our collective history shifted, irrevocably, that day.

We remember the thousands of individual lives that ended tragically, discarded by the violent hands of terrorism.

Children grew up without parents. Spouses were left widowed. Friendships dissolved into memories. For first responders, the absences of their 412 colleagues were felt across the nation.

Pictured is the cover of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper coverage on Sept 12, 2001. The headline states: ‘Today, our nation saw evil’ and the story photo shows both of the Twin Towers surrounded by smoke and explosions.
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We also remember the 37,234 fallen Americans, and allies, who…

Two weeks before the U.S. was set to complete withdrawal of troops, Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban in a matter of days. The complex emotions we all feel watching and reading the news of the rapidly deteriorating situation are a mix of anger, sorrow, disbelief, and shock.

We grieve, for our friends who did not come home, for those who came home with physical or mental scars, and for those brave Afghans who risked their lives to support our troops. We remember the costs and sacrifices this almost 20-year conflict has required of our Service members, veterans, and their…


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Recent US Government Response, Updates:

Democracy requires voter engagement. At Veterans for Responsible Leadership, we believe public officials have a responsibility to maximize voter participation, and should work to make it easier for all citizens to vote.

The right to vote is core to American democracy and one of the most sacred ideals members of the armed forces pledge their lives to defend. Maximizing voter participation is the only way to ensure elected officials are reflective of and responsive to the communities they represent. …

It’s been a productive few months at VFRL. Following the inauguration of Joe Biden, we all breathed a collective sigh of relief as the chapter was closed on Donald Trump’s term and the immediate threat to the peaceful transfer of power abated. For those of us paying close attention, sadly, the January 6th insurrection was shocking but not altogether surprising. …

On January 6, 2021, a mob stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election, leaving five people dead and more than 130 police officers injured.

In the days and weeks since that horrifying attack, the politicians who supported the insurrection, along with the right-wing media who fueled it, have attempted to re-write history and obscure the true horror of the event. But at Veterans for Responsible Leadership (VFRL), we will not forget what happened that day and we will hold those politicians and media outlets responsible for their part in the violence.

We will…

In the post-election period, VFRL will be relaying critical election & post-election information, organizing, and activism — follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. For direct access to critical information, reporting resources (see something / say something), and organizing and activism, VFRL has compiled these resources.

For critical post election information:

To report:

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On Tuesday the 27th and Wednesday the 28th, a mobile media truck with messages from VFRL and The Lincoln Project to Donald Trump and American voters is headed to DC. The truck will be cruising NW DC, the National Mall, Navy Yard, Capitol Hill and surrounding areas featuring the image above as well as this message for the Super Spreader in Chief:

This post is updated as new endorsements are made. Read our Statement on 2020 Endorsements here.

October 11 Update — This first slate comprises incumbent veterans of the US military, DOD and intelligence services. These Senators and Congresspeople represent the best of leadership and service to our nation. VFRL is proud to endorse each of them for reelection.

Senator Gary Peters — Michigan, US Senate

Congressman Anthony Brown — MD-4, US House

Congressman Chip Coldiron — IN-3, US House

Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan — PA-6, US House

Congressman Ted Lieu — CA-33, US House

Congresswoman Elaine Luria — VA-2, US House

Veterans for Responsible Leadership

Upholding our Constitutional oaths & supporting American democracy and the rule of law. Taking to task those who don’t, regardless of party or position.

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