Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Reflects on Nation’s Sacrifices On the 17th Anniversary of the War in Iraq

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is mindful that after 17 years, many U.S. troops are still on the ground in Iraq. After the initial deployment of 175,000 troops in 2003 many more men and women have deployed overseas to serve their country.

IAVA urges our nation to take time to reflect on those we have lost. We owe a lot to the brave men and women who fight for our country, and we need to make sure they have resources in place to be cared for and to be successful when coming back home and reintegrating into civilian society.

Upon transitioning to civilian life, unique issues affecting the community began to arise, toxic exposures, difficulty accessing health benefits at VA clinics and a rising number of women veterans facing gaps in care are just some examples. IAVA grew out of this conflict, recognizing that there needed to be a support network and strong advocate for the most recent generation 0f veterans.

“We urge all Americans to remember the brave members of the military who continue to sacrifice for our country, and their families back home,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “We also call on Congress to address the unique issues affecting the post-9/11 generation of veterans, like toxic exposures and access to mental health resources. We must pass legislation to get care for those exposed, and the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act respectively.”

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About IAVA

"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. Every day, we fight for veterans. Hard. We are the tip-of-the spear non-profit engine of impact that connects, unites and empowers over 400,000 veterans and allies nationwide. Founded by an Iraq veteran in 2004, IAVA is the non-partisan leader in advocacy, public awareness and 1-on-1 care management and peer support. We organize locally, and drive historic impacts nationally.

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