IAVA AT STORM THE HILL 2012
Storm the Hill is IAVA’s premiere advocacy and leadership development program. We bring dozens of diverse Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from across the country to Washington to meet with lawmakers, tell their stories and urge them to pass targeted legislation. In prior years, we’ve focused on passing the New GI Bill, securing Advanced Funding for VA healthcare and improving the disability reform process. This year, like in 2011, we’re focusing on fighting veteran unemployment.
America’s best veteran career-training program, the New GI Bill, is at risk. And we’re fighting to protect it from predatory for-profit schools so our vets get the career-ready education they’ve earned. At Storm the Hill 2012, we’re calling for Congress to protect the New GI Bill that makes career-ready education possible for thousands of new vets across the country.
Storm the Hill is also a training resource designed to empower Member Veterans to become leaders, organizers and spokespeople for the New Greatest Generation.
IAVA SHEPHERDS VOW TO HIRE HEROES ACT INTO LAW
We did it! After ten months of advocacy and thousands of hours logged, IAVA has shepherded the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 into law - the first jobs bill to pass out of Congress this year. Today, IAVA Member Veterans Maria Canales, Eric Smith, Brian Sullivan and IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff joined President Obama on stage at the White House as he signed The VOW to Hire Heroes Act into law. Hear the stories of the IAVA Members who showed Washington why this generation of veterans is a smart investment in America’s future. Then find out more about the benefits of VOW and how IAVA helped to pass this historic legislation. Read our statement applauding passage.
MARIA CANALES, US ARMY
Maria deployed to Balad, Camp Anaconda in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2005 to 2006. Upon her return home, Maria earned a degree in Business Management and is currently pursuing her MBA. She is working to raise awareness about the challenges she and other veterans face finding full-time employment during the economic crisis.
JOHN KAMIN, US ARMY
John served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army. During his first tour in 2007, he deployed to Ramadi, where he was part of a police transition team. After being called off the IRR in 2010, John served a second tour attached to the 256th infantry brigade of the Louisiana National Guard. Recently home, he is finishing a cross-disciplinary major at American University. He hopes to pursue a career in law or political journalism.