Post-9/11 Vets Respond to Offensive New York Times Op-ed

New York, NY (April 16, 2014) – IAVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff today issued the following statement after the New York Times published an op-ed linking veterans to hate groups:

“The op-ed published in today’s New York Times is sensational, slanderous and incredibly offensive to veterans. Both the title – “Veterans and White Supremacy” – and an accompanying graphic joining servicemembers with KKK members are shameful. And the piece relies on weak research and sweeping generalizations about veterans. Especially coming right after so much irresponsible journalism that surrounded the Fort Hood shooting, this is stunning and sad to see.

“How could the New York Times publish such a hurtful piece? Veterans deserve answers from the Times – and an apology. After more than a decade of sacrifice, no veteran should have to open the newspaper and read an op-ed linking them to hate groups. In contrast to this op-ed, we should focus on telling the story of veterans doing amazing, inspiring work across the country and addressing the real challenges veterans face, including high rates of suicide and unemployment.”

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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.

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