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Former Marine and author Phil Klay: The true 'home of the brave' would accept Syrian refugees

by Scott Stump / / Source: TODAY

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As U.S. Marine and award-winning author Phil Klay sees it, if America is truly the "home of the brave," it will not shut the nation's borders to Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country.

In a series of 17 tweets on Thursday, Klay, who served in Iraq in 2007 and 2008, expressed his disappointment in a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to halt a program aimed at helping Syrian refugees.

The vote came less than a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris by ISIS that killed 130 people.

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Klay won the National Book Award in 2014 for his novel Redeployment, a collection of short stories about soldiers on the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In his tweets, he touched upon the U.S. Marines' oath to protect more than just American lives and advocated for welcoming the refugees despite a climate of fear.

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