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Never leave a fallen comrade behind. That’s the creed Sgt. Dakota Meyer — later given the Medal of Honor for his actions — was living by when he recovered four dead Americans in the Ganjgal Valley of Afghanistan during a deadly Taliban ambush.

And it’s the creed he cites today as he speaks out to try to save the life of a friend and comrade trapped in Afghanistan.

An Afghan translator, who goes only by “Hafez” to protect his identity, fought alongside Meyer that day in September 2009 and has been waiting three years for a special visa that would allow him to live in the United States. Meyer fears that his application is being caught up in bureaucratic red tape and that if Hafez doesn’t leave Afghanistan soon, he will be left behind.