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Thursday: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Celebrates Ten Years Helping Veterans

WHAT: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing post-9/11 veterans and their families, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Fraunces Tavern in New York City. CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff will be joined by current and former staff, and veteran and civilian supporters to mark a decade of serving the new greatest generation of veterans.

Over the past ten years, IAVA has grown to become the leading advocate for veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization has put top issues for veterans on the map and jumpstarted historic changes, including passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, funding for health care at the VA, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, efforts to combat veteran suicide, and, in 2014, a national focus on the high VA disability claims backlog.

WHO: IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff

Current and former IAVA staff

Post-9/11 veterans and civilian supporters

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has nearly 300,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.

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Note to media: Email press@iava.org or call 212-982-9699

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. 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.

Learn more at iava.org.