Many veterans suffer PTSD and have difficulty reintegrating to civilian life, leading to contact with the criminal legal system. While veterans who complete their sentences can return home, noncitizen veterans face a second punishment – deportation from the country they swore to protect. Read some of their stories below.
Mauricio, Formerly deported veteran
“If I had a second chance I would gladly do it all again – fight for my country in any conflict. I have always considered myself and I am an American.”
David, Unlawfully recruited by army recruiter
David was one of several students targeted by an Army recruiter unlawfully recruiting international students so the recruiter could receive a bonus.
Hector, Formerly deported veteran
“It does not make sense to me to deport our veterans after they have completed their sentence and paid for their actions.”
Yea Ji, Wrongly Denied Citizenship
“I love this country and was honored to serve it in the U.S. Army. I had felt like I was an American since I was a child, growing up here.”