After over two years of waiting for a visa, Mary Ann's husband, an interpreter for US troops in Afghanistan, has finally been granted a visa and has arrived at his new home in the United States.
Mary Ann says, "We're so excited that my husband -- Ryhan's dad -- is home for Christmas. My son Ryhan is about to meet his dad in person for the first time. We're so happy to have our family together at last! Thank you so much for your support!"
This is our 16-month-old son, Ryhan. He has never seen his father in person. I need your support to help my husband secure a visa so that my family can be reunited.
My husband is a native Afghan interpreter. We originally met 5 years ago, when I deployed to Afghanistan with the Utah Army National Guard. Two years ago, I went back to Afghanistan on my own to get married in Kabul.
My husband has worked with US soldiers, Marines, and Special Forces in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. Like the thousands of Afghan interpreters who give so much to our troops, his life would be in immediate danger if his name or photograph were publicly exposed, so I can't share that here.
Every interpreter who helps our military in Afghanistan is risking their life for our country. They all deserve the opportunity to live in peace in this country they have sacrificed for. However, the processing of their visas is very slow due to bureaucratic inefficiency. My husband and I have been waiting for nearly 2 years for his visa to finish processing.
I heard about another veteran who successfully secured a visa for an interpreter he worked with while serving in Afghanistan through a similar Change.org petition. I hope that with your help, the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Kabul will finally issue my husband a visa.
Please support us in asking for a visa for my husband to bring our family together at last.