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Arab American Veterans

We are proud of our service, proud of our American heritage and proud of who we are.

There are more than 4.5 million Americans of Arab Heritage who originate from 22 Arab World and Middle East countries. They include Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Somalia,  Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, the Comoros Islands, and Djibouti.

We are Muslim and Christian and proud of our heritage, culture and demand our rights.

A 1924 study by Princeton professor Philip Hitti found that 13,965 Arab Americans served during World War I. It is estimated as many as 15,000 served during World War II. Countless others served during the Korean conflict and Vietnam War – and most recently in the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Edward Hanania, Khamis Hanania, George Hanania, Farid Hanania during World War II, 1942 in Jerusalem Palestine where they were born. George served in the U.S. 5th Army assigned to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania
Edward Hanania, Khamis Hanania, George Hanania, Farid Hanania during World War II, 1942 in Jerusalem Palestine where they were born. George served in the U.S. 5th Army assigned to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania