An Iraqi man needs one thing to make Minnesota finally feel like home — his family. “Phillip,” which is what soldiers call him to protect his identity, served as an interpreter for Minnesota soldiers during the Iraq War.
An Iraqi man who helped save soldiers’ lives overseas is trying to bring his family to America. American soldiers helped bring Philip here last December, after he served as an interpreter for them during the war.
After years of living in a war-torn country, an Iraqi man is starting a new life in Minnesota with the help of some American soldiers he met overseas. Twelve days ago, Phillip arrived in the Twin Cities. He uses the nickname that American soldiers gave him in the interest of protecting his identity.”Twelve days without any check points. Nobody asks me where I’m going, you know, all the security stuff. And you feel safe,” Khalid said. “The first three, four days [it] was exciting. First time to see snow, you know. All this nice weather, but now, I feel cold.”
There are a lot of good stories this time of year about people giving back. But the greatest gift this holiday season may be what Twin Cities war veteran Paul Braun gave to an Iraqi man he met while overseas. The man, known as Phillip, put his life on the line to serve as an interpreter for Braun and his fellow soldiers. Braun first met Phillip, whose real name is Khalid, when he was assigned to the 34th Military Police company in Basra, Iraq in 2009.