And the Oscar for Public Service goes to…USAID!

More than 360 people have served on our Syria and Iraq disaster teams. Now is your chance to meet a few of the amazing humanitarians who are this year’s winners of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the category of National Security and International Affairs.

USAID Saves Lives
Sep 27, 2017 · 5 min read
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USAID’s Paloma Clohossey talks with Fatin and Osama at the Akçakale refugee camp in Turkey. Fatin and Osama fled Syria in 2015 with their two children, eventually finding refuge in Turkey. The monthly food vouchers that USAID provides helps feed the family. Photo credit: USAID/OFDA
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Alex Mahoney, USAID Middle East Crisis Humanitarian Response Manager. Photo credit: The Partnership for Public Service
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Left: DART members meet with the UN World Food Program, Turkish Red Crescent, and the Turkish Disaster Management Authority in Turkey’s Beydagi refugee camp to monitor emergency food programs. Photo Credit: WFP/Maud Biton. Right: These Iraqi children who survived the horrors of war charmed members of our Iraq Disaster Assistance Response Team during a May 2017 visit to a community center USAID helped build in northern Kurdistan. Photo credit: Anna Earles, USAID/OFDA

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Tiare Eastmond has served on USAID’s Syria Disaster Assistance Response Team since 2015. Photo courtesy: Tiare Eastmond
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On the night of February 22, 2013, Syrian government forces launched a Scud missile into an Aleppo neighborhood, killing 120 people including Yousef Abo’s entire family. Torn apart by the loss of his wife, two sons, and two daughters, Yousef stands on the very spot where his home once stood. Photo credit: Pablo Tosco, Osfam Intermon

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Sasha Bennett-Roomipoor has served as External Liaison Coordinator and Deputy Manager for Coordination on USAID’s Middle East Crisis Humanitarian Response. Photo courtesy: Sasha Bennett-Roomipoor

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QueTran Nguyen served as a Program Officer and Coordinator in Jordan, Turkey, and in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy: QueTran Nguyen

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Jack Myer is the longest-serving member member of the USAID Syria DART. Photo credit: Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

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Iraq DART Team Leader Ron Mortensen (left) stands with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones (right). Photo courtesy: Ron Mortensen
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Warm blankets, coats, and winter supplies provided by the United States were distributed by USAID partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to Iraqi families on February 1, 2016. Photo credit: IOM

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