IAVA Statement on NFL Protests and National Unity

NEW YORK, NY (September 26, 2017) — Following is statement from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:  

“We have seen that IAVA’s Post-9/11 veterans have opinions all across the spectrum on this issue. Our members’ opinions, just like our members themselves, are very diverse. We hope all their voices are heard and respected as much as those of any professional athlete or politician. As we often strive for on divisive issues, we hope our community’s example of teamwork in combat will encourage Americans of all views to find ways to work together respectfully in unity.”

Note to media: Email or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. As a non-profit founded in 2004, IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 8,000 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.