A former Afghan combat interpreter who fought alongside U.S. troops in his home country, Afghanistan, has found a new home in Jacksonville Beach with his wife and new baby.
Save our Allies, an Afghan rescue organization that helps people resettle, wants to help the community welcome them.
News4JAX news partner WJCT News said Kaihan, a graduate of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, served as a translator and military pilot for the U.S. government. His service and support to the Americans meant that he and his wife, Shamila, had to be evacuated from Kabul when the Taliban took over the city.
Their daughter, Dunya, was born on a U.S. military plane during the evacuation, the WJCT reported. She is now 3 months old.
Carol Williams of Ponte Vedra organized a board of seven Ponte Vedra families to welcome, support and resettle Kaihan, Shamila and Dunya. Williams sponsors the family. The group has provided housing, furniture, clothing and children’s items for the family, the WJCT said.
The public is invited to a Welcome to Your New American Home pizza party to welcome the family to Jacksonville Beach. The event begins at 18.30 Friday at Greater Beaches VFW Post 3270 at 915 8th Ave S., Jacksonville Beach.
Gift certificates in support of family resettlement are encouraged.
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