Assisting former members of Afghan Special Forces and their families resettling in the United States
The Corioli’s Institute’s Project Out of War, in collaboration with Honor the Promise, are serving Afghan Special Operations veterans and their families by acting as a catalyst and connector assisting newly-arrived members of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) community and their families build resilience as they resettle in the US so they can live their American Dream, become contributing members of American society, and feel a sense of belonging. The Out of War team is conducting semi-structured interviews across different regions in the US over five months to tell the stories of war and transition in the fighters’ own words. These interviews capture narratives of ANASOC members’ service in Afghanistan, their evacuation from Afghanistan to the US, their journey of being an immigrant and a reintegrating former combatant, and finally their vision of their future life and American dream. These interviews are audio recorded, and where consented, anonymized audio recordings and transcripts will be published for future generations of researchers working on topics of demobilization, reintegration, and resettlement.