Tom Tarantino Steps Up as IAVA's Chief Policy Officer
Posted by Michelle McCarthy on August 14
IAVA is excited to announce that Tom Tarantino, our Deputy Policy Director, will take on a challenging new role as IAVA's Chief Policy Officer, effective immediately.
Tom started at IAVA in 2008 and since then he has led the organization on a variety of critical issues within the veterans’ space. During his tenure with IAVA, Tom helped with historic passage of the New GI Bill, worked on legislation ensuring IAVA members received up to $5000 in retroactive stoploss pay, received mandatory mental health screening from the Department of Defense, and ensured that the VA was funded fully and in advance. He has also spearheaded our policy campaigns for New GI Bill 2.0 back in 2010 and more recently the VOW to Hire Heroes Act in 2011. Now, as our new Chief Policy Officer, Tom is pioneering our campaign to defend the Post-9/11 GI Bill from predatory for-profit schools and is deeply entrenched in the fight to remove barriers of access to mental health care at the DoD and VA.
Watch Tom's recent interview with Charlie Rose about TIME Magazine's cover story on suicides in the U.S. military.
Tom is a decorated former Army Captain who left service in 2007 after 10 years. He returned from Iraq in 2006 after one year of deployment with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Tom served in combat as both a cavalry and mortar platoon leader where he was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star. He resides in Washington, D.C.
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