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Capitol Hill Briefing with Senator Baucus, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank Focuses on Unemployment for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Briefing Launches Annual Storm the Hill Week with Veterans from Across the Country
NEW YORK – Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, released the following advisory in advance of its annual Storm the Hill trip in Washington, D.C. from March 28th – April 1st.
IAVA is hosting an open press briefing for Congressional staff members. The briefing will discuss what IAVA and leaders in the private and public sectors are doing to lower the alarming levels of veteran unemployment (12.5%). Leaders from Microsoft and Deutsche Bank, as well as Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), author of one of the key jobs bills, are confirmed to participate in the event moderated by IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff.
What: Congressional Briefing on the need for public and private sector attention to the nation’s jobs crisis for new veterans
Who: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Senator Max Baucus, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank. Additional participants to be announced.
When: Monday, March 28th
Location: Capitol Hill Visitors Center, SVC 201-00
Press RSVP is required. Please email email@example.com if you plan to attend.
A number of events are open to the press during the Storm the Hill week. To see the complete list, click here.
In previous years, Storm the Hill has spurred tremendous change and progress for veterans. In 2008, IAVA campaigned for the historic Post-9/11 GI Bill, the largest investment in veterans’ educations since World War II, to ensure new veterans have access to the educational benefits they have earned. Less than five months after the campaign, the New GI Bill was signed into law giving thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans the opportunity to attend college. In 2009, IAVA campaigned for Advance Appropriations for the VA to provide timely, predictable funding for veterans’ health care. At a press conference on the final day of the campaign, the House and Senate joined IAVA to introduce bipartisan legislation calling for advance appropriations. Eight months later, President Obama signed the bill into law at the White House with IAVA Member Veterans looking on. In 2010, despite a difficult political climate, IAVA leveraged Storm the Hill to push for VA disability reform, an issue we made great progress on and continue to fight for this year.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the country's first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. Its mission is to improve the lives of this country's newest generation of veterans and their families.
Press ContactsTo arrange an interview with an IAVA Member Veteran, contact us at press[at]iava.org, or call the Communications team at (212) 982-9699.
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