IAVA Votes

As the 2016 Presidential race gets underway, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, calls on leaders to outline concrete campaign agendas to address the most urgent issues impacting America’s new veterans and their families. IAVA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and does not endorse political candidates of any party. It will, however, attend debates and conventions sponsored by both parties with the goal of focusing candidates to discuss and support bi-partisan veterans’ issues.

The military and veterans’ community are traditionally a powerful constituency at the polls. According to IAVA’s recent membership survey, 93 percent of IAVA members are registered to vote. As the country’s leading, nonpartisan veteran service organization, IAVA calls on all leaders from both sides of the aisle to adopt four crucial measures to support America’s veterans and their families:

Prevent Suicide Among Troops and Veterans: The passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act of 2015, spearheaded by IAVA, was a landmark, bi-partisan effort that showed America its politicians can work together, and that veterans issues are everyone’s issues. Veteran suicide remains a national crisis, with 22 veterans dying each day from suicide. IAVA calls on political leaders to implement the SAV Act by improving oversight of mental health programs, increase the number of mental health professionals in the VA, and swiftly address the stigma surrounding mental health to ensure timely access to the highest quality mental health care possible.

Improve Care for Female Veterans: Nearly 280,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and while the number of male veterans is expected to decline in the next five years, the women veteran population is anticipated to increase. Yet care and support for these women warriors has lagged behind. The VA health care system and disability claims system are still not designed to support the unique needs and experience of female veterans. While we have seen progress in reforming these systems, our leaders must be more focused on getting female veterans the care they deserve.

Build a Truly 21st Century VA: When the 2014 scandal at the VA brought to light a negligent log jam of claims and overdue health care, IAVA called for the creation of a new “Marshall Plan for Veterans.” This bold, eight-point plan outlines a comprehensive effort to restore confidence in the VA. We urge parties from all sides to resist the urge to politicize efforts to provide our veterans with quality care and to implement all aspects of this
plan, including the VA Accountability Act. Our military is the world’s most advanced and our care for our veterans must be the same.

Defend the New GI Bill: The Post-9/11 (or “New”) GI Bill sent more than one million veterans to school. Though wildly successful, the New GI Bill has been exploited by predators in the for-profit school sector who take advantage of veterans’ benefits and often leave veterans stuck with unnecessary debt and a subpar education. Candidates must support efforts to close loopholes that reward these bad actors for exploiting veterans and strengthen regulations that help veterans choose the best educational programs to meet their career goals.

For complete policy recommendations, read IAVA’s Policy Agenda here. An updated version of the Policy Agenda is scheduled to be released in the coming weeks to serve as a blueprint for candidates and elected leaders from both political parties to help improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

2016 United States Presidential Candidates

 As Of: April 18, 2016

Candidate Military
Veteran Section
 Hillary Clinton No Yes https://www.hillaryclinton.com/
 Bernie Sanders No Yes https://berniesanders.com/

RCP Democratic Polling Data
Candidate Military
*Website: Veteran Section Website
John Kasich No No https://johnkasich.com/
Donald Trump No Yes https://www.donaldjtrump.com/

RCP GOP Polling Data

*Veteran sections are considered to be a unique section on the candidate’s official website

Former Candidates

Candidate Concession Date Endorsement
 Lincoln Chaffee Oct. 23, 2015 N/A
 Martin O’Malley Feb. 1, 2016 N/A
Candidate Concession Date Endorsement
Jeb Bush Feb. 20, 2016 N/A
Ben Carson Mar. 4, 2016 Donald Trump
Chris Christie Feb. 10, 2016 Donald Trump
Ted Cruz May 3, 2016 N/A
Carly Fiorina Feb. 10, 2016 Ted Cruz
Jim Gilmore Feb. 12, 2016 N/A
Lindsay Graham Dec. 21, 2015 Jeb Bush
Mike Huckabee Feb. 1, 2016 N/A
Bobby Jindal Nov. 17, 2015 Marco Rubio
George Pataki Dec. 29, 2015 Marco Rubio
Rand Paul Feb. 3, 2016 N/A
Rick Perry Sep. 11, 2015 Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio Mar. 15, 2015 N/A
Rick Santorum Feb. 3, 2016 Marco Rubio
Scott Walker Sep. 21, 2015 Ted Cruz


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