Medal of Honor Recipient Fights to Get U.S. Entry for Afghan Translator
Two years ago, Sgt. Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor for his bravery after he stormed through enemy fire to bring back the bodies of fallen soldiers. But, he wasn't alone, and one of the men at his side was his Afghan translator, who goes by pseudonym of Hafez. Now, the translator fears imminent death in Afghanistan because of the assistance he provided to the U.S.
He's applied for a U.S. visa, but instead of granting the hero entrance, his application is being held up in bureaucratic limbo ... and it's Dakota Meyer who's trying to do what he can to get his former brother in arms the safety he and his family deserve.
"For the day that I received the medal of honor, he was in the truck with us," Meyer said, recounting Hafez's acts of courage. "He covered me multiple times with the gun on the truck ... he was next to me, he was within arm's distance of me almost the entire time, helping me look for my team."
Meyer said that after Hafez suffered an initial injury of his own, Meyer once more asked him to go back with him into the line of danger. Instead of fleeing the scene, he agreed to stay by Meyer's side, telling him, "if today's my day to die, then it's just my day."
"...And he went in with me, and he stayed there the whole time," the medal of honor recipient told Fox News' Tucker Carlson.
Meyers says that he and his team have tried to do everything they can to expedite the visa process for Hafez, starting back in 2009 ... but to no avail.
"It's caught in the system, I guess," he said, adding, "I don't know why he can't get here, and nobody can get me any answers."
Hear more about the frustrating ordeal in the interview above.