Firstie Sahm Abdulrazzaq ’23 recently completed his four-year career as a cadet-athlete on the Army West Point Wrestling team. His brother Fahad is a junior, who also attends the United States Military Academy and is a cadet-athlete on the boxing team. Sahm and his brother Fahad’s background is unique and embodies the “American dream.”
Sahm was born in Iraq in 1999 and later raised in Woodbridge, Va. In Iraq, his father, Bilal Alkaraghulli was an interpreter and was also a veterinarian for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Government. His father would come to the United States for conferences and Sahm remembers his dad saying, “This is the life I want my kids to have, to grow up in America.” In 2007 his father received an opportunity to come to the U.S. on a special immigrant visa, when talking about his parents Sahm said “This whole story of me and my brother never would have been a thing without my parent’s sacrifice to move their entire lives. They moved everything, they were able to risk everything and live with the consequences, what could have been, but they didn’t.” He went on to say that he and his brother are models of who his parents are.