IAVA Vets Join Forces to Support Robin Hood
Posted by on May 10
On Monday night, IAVA Member Veterans turned out in full force to help launch the Robin Hood Foundation's new veterans' initiative at its annual benefit in New York City. This incredible night brought together Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, celebrities, supporters, and some of the music industry’s finest talent to raise awareness of the issues facing America’s newest generation of heroes.
During the event, legendary news anchor Tom Brokaw hosted a question and answer session with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen to discuss the unique challenges facing new veterans as they transition out of the military. Afterwards, IAVA Member Veterans had the opportunity to coin Admiral Mullen, who personally coined every single veteran participating in the evening back. The biggest surprises of the night though were Lady Gaga, Kid Rock and Tony Bennett -- who took the stage to rock out for three incredible performances honoring our vets for their service.
From MOH recipient Paul Bucha to reservists just back from Iraq and Afghanistan, it was clear to us all who the real heroes in the room were last night--only fitting given superheroes was the benefit theme! All in all, IAVA was proud to support Robin Hood in launching this new veterans initiative which raised over $11 million to help vets and military families in New York City.
Matt Colvin is a fellow at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Air Force in 2004 and 2006.
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