NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - About 300 Afghans will be coming to Nashville following the US military pull-out of Afghanistan.

Catholic Charities and The Nashville International Center For Empowerment (NICE) announced on Monday. The executive director of the American Muslin Advisory Council For Middle Tennessee confirmed it to News 4.

Most of the 23,000 refugees who've arrived in the United States are being housed at several military bases.

News4 talked to an Army veteran in Murfreesboro who has been instrumental in saving lives and is encouraging fellow Americans to keep their hearts open.

"As far as folks coming to Tennessee, I'm all for it," Matt Hovsepian, who Retired from the Army, said. "America is a nation of immigrants. We're a nation of people. Give me you're tired, your weak, give me your poor and give me your oppressed and watch what these folks do," he added.

Hovsepian said he knows people may have concerns. Still, he said there is a vetting process for the refugees through interviews and using things like biometrics.

"As far as folks coming to Tennessee, I'm all for it," Matt Hovsepian, who Retired from the Army, said. "America is a nation of immigrants. We're a nation of people. Give me you're tired, your weak, give me your poor and give me your oppressed and watch what these folks do," he added.

Hovsepian said he knows people may have concerns. Still, he said there is a vetting process for the refugees through interviews and using things like biometrics.

As the 300 refugees will soon make their way to Middle Tennessee, this local veteran has a message for all Tennesseans.

The American Muslim Advisory Council will meet Tuesday to discuss how to support those arriving in the area.

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