Exceptional example, Airman 1st Class Andrea Chaves, center, is the Maryland Air National Guard December Spotlight Airman. Both her sisters are also members of the 175th Wing. She is joined in above picture by Senior Airmen, Orlany Chaves, and Nicole Chaves.
Veterans, service members and military spouses across the country will become U.S. citizens this week as they take the Oath of Allegiance at special Veterans Day naturalization ceremonies.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will highlight the sacrifices that military members and their families have made while serving our country. From November 7-13, USCIS will welcome more than 10,000 new citizens in nearly 130 naturalization ceremonies across the country and around the world. Of those being naturalized, more than 255 are veterans, service members and military spouses.
“On Veterans Day, we salute the men and women who have so courageously served our country and defended the freedoms that it was built upon. Among our brave veterans are thousands of immigrants, many of whom vowed to defend their new home even before they were citizens,” USCIS Director León
Rodríguez said. “It is because of their extraordinary sacrifices, and those of their families, that we can enjoy the rights and liberties of living in this great country.”
Many current and former military members and their families are eligible for citizenship, including expedited screening and overseas processing, under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act since October 1, 2001.
In 2015 alone, USCIS hosted nearly 175 naturalization ceremonies at military installations in the U.S. and abroad.
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