Non-Profit Champion of America’s Wartime Interpreters Seeking to Expand Funding, Services
Fredericksburg, VA – ScoutComms, the nation’s premier communications, advocacy, and philanthropic strategy firm focused entirely on supporting veterans, military families, and the organizations that empower them today announced that it has signed a pro bono agreement to represent the non-profit organization No One Left Behind. No One Left Behind helps Afghan and Iraqi translators gain their U.S. Special Immigration Visas and ensures that they are properly resettled in America. The non-profit was founded in 2014 by former Army captain and former CIA intelligence analyst Matt Zeller after he fought for years to bring his own interpreter, Janis Shinwari, to the U.S. and to help his family resettle. From its one-man beginnings, No One Left Behind has grown to encompass four regional chapters and 125-plus volunteers, and successfully raised and disbursed more than $100,000 in 2014 to aid more than 60 of the U.S. military’s former Afghan and Iraqi interpreters and their families as they seek to build new lives in the U.S. “As a veteran of four deployments to Iraq over two wars, I benefited immensely from the Iraqi interpreters I worked with,” said Fred Wellman, CEO and Founder of ScoutComms. “Tragically, my interpreter in Iraq in 2004, Bassam Sabry Yousef, was killed for his patriotism and his beliefs. I was able to help his family resettle in the U.S., but there are thousands of Iraqis and Afghans who served alongside American servicemembers who still urgently need our help. We are honored to work with Matt and No One Left Behind to help bring greater attention to this important cause. We made a commitment to our wartime interpreters, and it is important that we keep that commitment.” ScoutComms’ work with No One Left Behind will focus on providing communications support, building relationships with key influencers, and identifying and pursuing fundraising opportunities with large foundations, corporations, and wealthy individuals. “No One Left Behind has benefited from a groundswell of support across the nation since we launched last year,” said Zeller. “But working with a firm like ScoutComms that exclusively works in the veteran and military family space promises to help us open new doors and create new partnerships. Make no mistake, the interpreters who worked with me, who worked with Fred and who worked with hundreds of thousands of American servicemembers over the last decade are nothing less than veterans and patriots. They deserve our support, and if gaps exist in that support, No One Left Behind is going to do everything in its power to help close them.” No One Left Behind has developed a support model that assumes that each interpreter family will require $10,000 in support over a three-month period during their transition to living in the U.S., covering three months of housing, house furnishings, one car, English language training, and assistance applying for government benefits. No One Left Behind is seeking to fully support 120 interpreters and their families each year for a projected 10-year period. “We’re supporting No One Left Behind because it fills a critical role, serving those who served us. The organization is a true start-up, much like ScoutComms was four years ago,” noted Wellman. “We look forward to helping No One Left Behind develop into a mature, sustainable organization that meets a critical need among the newest members of American society.” Contact Margaret Clevenger (email@example.com or 978-833-3952) or Jason Gorey (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. About ScoutComms ScoutComms, Inc. is the nation’s premier communications, advocacy and philanthropic strategy firm focused entirely on supporting veterans, military families and the organizations that empower them. ScoutComms is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business organized as a Benefit Corporation. We work to create a society that better understands the needs of veterans and military families and is committed to providing greater access to the social and economic resources essential to their health and well-being. Our mission is to empower veterans and military families through campaigns, initiatives and collaborative partnerships that lead to greater awareness of veterans’ needs and expands their access to resources promoting their economic, physical, and mental well-being. At the heart of our work is a dedication to effective communications and impactful programming. To learn more about what we can do for your organization visit our website at www.ScoutCommsUSA.com. About No One Left Behind No One Left Behind assists Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters who have received Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) with resettlement in the United States. We seek to successfully shepherd and fully support this at risk community through their difficult journey to the United States by providing them with three months of housing/rental payments, fully furnished homes, employment placement assistance, and one modest automobile. We also help US military veterans reconnect with their translators upon arrival in the United States. When our Afghan and Iraqi resettle in the US, they usually come with nothing more than the clothes on their back and whatever they can fit into one suitcase. We feel that given their profound service to our nation’s military while at war, these interpreters deserve better than years of waiting on seldom delivered visas and almost no support in resettling in America. If we do not honor our commitment to these translators and their families, our nation will irreparably harm its credibility and thus its national security. Failure to properly resettle those from Iraq and Afghanistan will have a direct impact on our ability to secure strategic support and allegiance in future conflicts. To learn more about what we can do for your organization visit our website at nooneleft.org.