Veterans Day 2012: See What Happened
Posted by IAVA Staff on November 12
IAVA Member Veterans and Supporters came out to serve, gather, and celebrate their service all over the country this weekend. From the deck of the USS Iowa at the Port of Los Angeles, to the river walk in Chicago to the New York City Veterans Day Parade - IAVA members showed that they are still serving and are a valuable asset to their communities. Across the country our members showed through service and community gathering that we are the Next Greatest Generation.
IAVA members gathered in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to participate in various
service projects around the country with Operation Sandy Response as the theme
to this year’s Veteran’s day activities. IAVA members nation-wide stepped up as
community leaders and revitalized local elementary schools, libraries, and parks.
Hundreds of members across the country celebrated with IAVA in other ways by
marching in parades and participating in observance ceremonies. New York City’s
IAVA community marched in the Veteran’s Day Parade for the sixth consecutive
year, and topped off the afternoon with a post-parade celebration event at NYU to
socialize with other members of the IAVA community and talk with representatives
from local resource organizations.
Another successful and rewarding Veteran’s Day weekend for IAVA and our
See What Happened:
Some IAVA Member Veterans gathered with the help of IAVA's Meetup page, which allowed local organizers to start a meetup in their own community. Nearly 20 organizers signed up to lead events in places like Memphis, TN and Wichita Falls, KS.
In the Media:
- The New York Times writes on the explosive growth of nonprofits devoted to helping veterans.
- IAVA Senior Program Manager Jason Hansman speaks with CBS
- NPR's The Diane Rehm Show spoke with IAVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff on meeting the needs of America's veterans.
- WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show spoke with IAVA Chief Policy Officer Tom Tarantino on supporting veterans and military families.
- They Know the Way Forward: Why our nation's vets are crucial to our country's future
- Veterans Wish They Got This Kind of Respect Every Day
In just the last year, IAVA has connected hundreds of veterans with employers through innovative career fairs, helped over 10,000 veterans go to college on the New GI Bill, and provided mental health support to over 50,000 veterans—all at no cost to Member Veterans. Programs like these are only made possible through your generous support. Fight for those who fought for us and help us keep these resources and benefits completely free for new veterans and their families. DONATE >>
Not an IAVA member yet? What are you waiting for?! IAVA Member Veterans get access to exclusive career fairs, events and tickets. Join up today--membership is free and all you have to do is submit proof of OIF/OND/OEF status.
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