NEW YORK, NY (March 6, 2017) — Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) released the following statement regarding the revision of a recent Executive Order banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries to exclude Iraq:
“Removing the ban on Iraqis is the right decision for our troops, veterans and national security.” said Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq veteran, Founder and CEO of IAVA . “Right now, US troops are deployed in Iraq and around the world next to local allies who are risking their lives to stand with them in combat. We’ve asked them to have our back when the bullets are flying, but the previous travel ban turned America’s back on them. This welcomed move smartly rights that wrong for our Iraqi friends.“
Since 2013, IAVA has supported authorization of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program to continue for as long as the U.S. commits military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. IAVA has also called for expanding some facets of the SIV program. IAVA’s full position can be seen in our Policy Agenda Section 5.3 here.
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"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.
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