‘The US saved my life’: US soldiers become citizens at Fort McCoy

FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WKBT) —  As Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy begin their journey to citizenship, few service members took their final steps to become U.S. citizens today.

To be a U.S. soldier, it takes a certain drive.

“Courage,” said Mick Dedvukaj, district director for the Department of Homeland Security. “You are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. To put your lives at risk in defense of a nation.”

Private First Class Noor Jawadi has plenty of that.

From Afghanistan to Iran, he’s been all over the world. Now, he’s been in the U.S. for six years.

A year ago, Jawadi became a U.S. soldier to give back. Serving the country even before it was his own.

“U.S. saved my life, right? From a war, civil war situation,” Noor said.

Serving the country even before it was his own.

“This is a way of saying thank you to all of the citizens and to all of the support that I had,” Noor said.

Today, serving as a translator for his fellow Afghans at Fort McCoy. People who drove him forward.

“I see a lot of kids and children that remind me a lot of myself. And now I know that they’re going to have a brighter future,” Noor said.

And today, he, alongside two other U.S. soldiers, became an American citizen.

NOOR: “It feels amazing. Now I can take upon the full responsibility of being a citizen and make better choices to help myself and people around me towards a better future,” Noor said.

Three soldiers: Jawadi, Ivy Marciano and Li Ye became citizens today. All three of them have been working with the afghan populations at Fort McCoy.

“This is your country,” Dedvukaj said. “Welcome to the American family.”

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