MEDIA ADVISORY: Women Vets in House of Reps. Join Fight for Women Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2017) —  IAVA leaders and member veterans will join House co-sponsors at the House Triangle at 1:00 PM. 

The Deborah Sampson Act , named for a woman who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, calls on Congress to:

  • Foster Cultural Change
  • Strengthen Data and Transparency
  • Recognize and Support the Value of Peer Support
  • Require coordinated community care
  • Increase outreach

Introduction of House Deborah Sampson Act

WHO:   IAVA Executive Director and Iraq War veteran Allison Jaslow
Iraq War veteran, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), House Veterans Affairs Committee 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: House Triangle

IAVA, the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing post-9/11 veterans and their families, is working with Congress and the Trump Administration on ways to change the culture around women who serve in the military-not just those on active duty, but after they come home. 

Nearly 345,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the number of male veterans is expected to decline in the next five years, the women veteran population will increase, and women have taken on new roles and responsibilities throughout the services. 

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.