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Matt Zeller and Janis Shinwari – No One Left Behind: A Bond Forged in Combat
January 6, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thanks to Benjamin S. Hanson, DDS, MS, PC for sponsoring this program!
Afghan combat veteran Matt Zeller and Janis Shinwari, a former Afghan interpreter will be speaking about their non-profit No One Left Behind.
In 2008, Matt Zeller, a U.S. Army Captain serving in Afghanistan, found himself in an ambush pinned down by an enemy fire. At that critical moment, Afghan interpreter Janis Shinwari and an American quick reaction force arrived to rescue Zeller and his team. Shinwari joined the fight just in time to shoot two Taliban fighters who had flanked Zeller’s position and were closing in for the kill.
Zeller was one of five U.S. soldiers Shinwari directly saved during his nine years of combat interpretation support to Operation Enduring Freedom. As a result the Taliban placed Shinwari at the top of their kill list in early 2009. Distressed knowing that the Taliban were hunting Shinwari and his family, Zeller appealed to the media, Congress and the Department of State to take action. Five years later, Shinwari’s case finally worked its way through U.S. Government bureaucracy, and in 2013 he and his family safely arrived in Washington, DC.
In November 2013, Zeller and Shinwari started No One Left Behind with one mission: to ensure America treats our interpreters as the heroes and veterans they are. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization funds resettlement activities through entirely volunteer staffs in the greater D.C. area and at ten subordinate chapters located in San Francisco, Upstate NY, Boston, Denver, Chicago, Omaha, San Diego, Seattle, and Pittsburgh.
Doors open at 1:30 and talk starts at 2:00 PM
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