New York (June 28, 2016) — Tonight, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff joins New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and leading veterans advocates from New York City for a town-hall style discussion at the Intrepid Sea and Space Museum with the city’s veterans community. IAVA led the fight to establish a Department of Veterans Services in January 2016 to serve the more than 250,000 veterans living in New York City, along with their spouses and dependents.
In October 2014, IAVA provided Mayor de Blasio and New York City Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs Loree Sutton with a set of policy recommendations as a means to develop a comprehensive policy plan for New York City veterans. Those recommendations included the creation of a new Department of Veterans Affairs, which will provide substantial resources and options for veterans seeking help on a range of issues, including housing, healthcare and employment. IAVA continues to advocate for the newly established Department of Veterans Services to be appropriately funded with an annual budget of $100 million to adequately support veterans and their families.
WHAT: “Veterans Talk to Tish & IAVA” Town Hall
WHO: Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate and Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Founder and CEO
WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Other Guest Speakers include Craig Newmark, Founder, Craigslist and CraigConnects and Dan McSweeney President, United War Veterans Council.
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"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America...remains the most important organization representing the new generation of veterans." - TIME Magazine
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the premier veterans advocacy and support organization on the planet. Founded by an Iraq veteran in 2004, IAVA is the non-partisan leader in advocacy, public awareness, and 1-on-1 case management support. Our mission is to connect, unite, and empower over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide. We have connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided thousands of veterans of all generations with life-saving and life-changing personalized support from our Masters-level social service professionals.
Learn more at iava.org.