Media Advisory: Post-9/11 Vets to Testify on Veteran Policy Priorities at Joint Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON (March 15, 2016) – Tomorrow, Wednesday March 16, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff will testify before the joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C. Rieckhoff will present IAVA’s top policy priorities for Congress in 2016.

With a growing base of more than 425,000 members and supporters, IAVA’s 2016 policy priorities reflect key issues affecting the post-9/11 veterans community. With limited days in session during this election year, IAVA calls for Congress to increase focus for the most pressing issues for the post-9/11 veteran community.

In his testimony Wednesday, Rieckhoff will present the top policy priorities for IAVA in 2016: reducing veteran suicide; investing in the success of women veterans; reforming the VA and DOD for today’s veterans; and, defending veteran and military education benefits.

WHO: IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff

Representatives from the American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization, Air Force Sergeants Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Military Officers Association of America, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, Non‑Commissioned Officers Association and The Retired Enlisted Association.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2015, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 50, Ground Floor. The hearing can be streamed live at

Note to media: Please email if you would like a copy of the testimony or would like to arrange an interview with IAVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff.

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.