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Highlighting the Wounded Warrior Program: USCIS Celebrates Military Appreciation Month

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As we celebrate May as National Military Appreciation Month, we would like to express our gratitude to our servicemen and women in all branches of the military.

USS Midway naturalization ceremony – May 13, 2010 in San Diego
Photo: USS Midway naturalization ceremony – May 13, 2010 in San Diego

Veterans have a special place at USCIS. In July 2008, we created the Wounded Warrior Program (WWP). This program allows us to identify, recruit, and hire severely wounded, injured or disabled veterans in collaboration with 16 Department of Defense and Veterans Administration Hospitals throughout the country. Since the start of the program, USCIS has hired 32 wounded veterans.

Wounded warriors appreciate the program because it encourages them to continue serving their country in a different capacity. The experience that these veterans bring to the USCIS workforce is also something we are proud of and from which we benefit.

In the Fall of 2009, USCIS hired wounded veteran Nicholas Nibikora. Mr. Nibikora grew up in the Republic of Burundi and immigrated to the U.S. to escape civil war. After the attacks of September 11th, he joined the U.S. Navy to protect his new homeland. Mr. Nibikora praised the program for giving him an opportunity and was delighted when he was offered a job at USCIS. “They offered me the job and welcomed me with open arms,” said Mr. Nibikora. “When I wake up in the morning to go to work I feel like “I love this job” because of my coworkers, we work together as a team with motivation, and I learn every day from them. I feel like I am with my family. And of course, they are my family.”

USCIS believes in the value of working together with those who have risked their lives to protect the country. To learn more about our Wounded Warrior program please call 202-233-2500.