Before August 2021, most people in the United States had never heard the term “Special Immigrant Visa,” let alone knew anything about the long and complex process by which individuals who served the U.S. military for two or more years can apply to legally immigrate to the United States through the SIV program. Combined Arms has served SIVs, Allies, and their family members in Houston for years and, with your support, we will continue to serve this community long after the current media cycle ends.
10,000+ Afghans - Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs,) individuals on humanitarian parole, and their family members - have arrived in Texas since August 2021. Demand for our support has never been higher and we are committed to scaling our efforts to meet the immediate and emerging needs of our Afghan SIVs and allies in the years ahead - but we need your help.
WHO WE ARE & HOW WE SERVE
Combined Arms SIVs & Allies Program has served 2,500+ SIVs and wartime allies in Houston, and Austin Texas.
We engage veterans and volunteers to work closely with local resettlement agencies to fill resource gaps, provide newly arrived SIVs & wartime allies with opportunities and resource navigation support.
2022 Year-to-Date Activities
- 2000+ newly arrived SIVs assisted
- 4 emergency food distribution events serving 3000+ people
- Organized Employment Fair linking 500+ Afghan Allies with 22 employers
- Laptop Distribution event, 180 laptops provided to 150+ SIVs & Allies Families
- 550+ SIVs enrolled in the Combined Arms system
- 160 volunteers gave 1220+ hours of their time
- Basic household goods provided to 150+ SIV Families
- 3000+ SIVs & Allies assisted
- 4 emergency food distribution events serving 3100+ people
- 1 emergency water distribution events serving 100+ families
- Laptop Distribution events, 290+ computers provided to SIVs & Allies families
- 610 SIVs enrolled in the Combined Arms system
- 245 volunteers gave 2200 hours
- Basic household goods provided to 120 SIV families