Amanda Matti

​​​Author, Veteran

The captivating true story of a young Iraqi translator who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military throughout the course of the Iraq War. 
In his own words, Fahdi recounts his story of going from life as a 21-year-old, upper-middle class student at the University of Baghdad to being recruited right off his neighborhood street to serve as an interpreter for a U.S. Army unit just days after the fall of Saddam's regime. Over the next three years, Fahdi goes on to translate for U.S. drill sergeants training new Iraqi Army recruits in Ramadi, serves alongside the Marines during the Battle of Fallujah, and eventually lands a position as a linguist with Iraq's newly formed national intelligence agency in Baghdad. Along the way he suffers combat injuries, faces the challenges of integrating with American military members while living on U.S. bases, and eventually falls in love with an American service member. A de facto prequel to Matti’s Iraq War memoir A Foreign AffairVoicing the Eagle is a unique, firsthand perspective on one of the United States’ most controversial foreign conflicts. 

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No One Left Behind is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States.

America’s combat interpreters have saved countless veterans’ lives and NOLB ensures America treats our Wartime Allies as the heroes and veterans that they are. NOLB bridges the gap that exists between current State Department and NGO refugee relief programs, and provides assistance with housing, employment and cultural adaptation.  The organization provides support to those in need and helps them quickly transition from outsiders in this county to happy, productive, self-sufficient members of our communities. To donate or learn more about this wonderful organization and it's many volunteer opportunities please visit