Veterans

Dear to my heart are the veterans – all veterans of war – across the world because they suffer way beyond the wounds. Regardless of what who is right or wrong, they suffer silently, alone, and often in shame – unnecessarily. They are young, brave and bright-eyed when they go in, but with an average of 22 suicides a day, resulting from PTSD, these soldiers come out very different people. And for some, the demons are too strong. There is help out there – there is no need to suffer alone http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

It was a beautiful thing to watch my father, Mikhail Khalil, being honored by veterans in a Welcome Home Ceremony. The event was held for soldiers returning from Iraq at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, in Pittsburgh, PA. February, 2009. My father, Mikhail Khalil, was honored during the ceremony for his support of the troops and their families.

WELCOME HOME CEREMONY

Welcome Home ceremony for soldiers returning from Iraq. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Pittsburgh, PA. February, 2009. Khalil’s restaurant (specifically my dad, Mikhail Khalil) was honored during the ceremony for his support of the troops and their families.

FROM VEILS TO THONGS: An Arab Chick’s Survival Guide to Balancing One’s Ethnic Identity in America

In FROM VEILS TO THONGS, Khalil exposes what she calls, THE REAL WAR ON TERROR, presenting a hilarious, yet poignant, Colbert-like take on living in cross-fire of the conservative Arabic and liberal American cultures