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Perceptions and views from Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans

IAVA’s Research Department uses real data to drive the development of scalable solutions to benefit veterans and their families. Through careful analysis of IAVA’s annual member survey and continuous surveillance of data about service members, veterans and their families, IAVA’s Research Department informs the development of IAVA advocacy campaigns and programs.

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Women Veterans

Oct 2017 | | |

In 2017, IAVA launched our groundbreaking campaign, #SheWhoBorneTheBattle, focused on recognizing the service of women veterans and closing gaps in care provided to them by the VA. We fought hard for top-down culture change in the VA for the more than 345,000 women who have fought in our current wars–and for all Americans. It’s a fight that still continues.

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“A woman could not qualify for decorations I earned as an infantryman. I think that is wrong... the fact that a woman, due to being born a woman, is barred from service. It's antiquated and below us.”
—Male IAVA Member

Burn Pits and Toxic Exposures

Oct 2017 | |

It’s known as the Agent Orange of the post-9/11 generation for a reason. Burn pits were a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly between 2001 and 2010. There are other hazards beyond burn pits that occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan that may pose danger for respiratory illnesses, including high levels of fine dust and exposure to other airborne hazards. Year after year, we have seen an upward trend in the number of members reporting symptoms associated with burn pit exposure.

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Suicide

Oct 2017 | | |

For nearly a decade, IAVA and the veteran community have called for immediate action by our nation’s leaders to appropriately respond to this crisis of 20 service members and veterans dying every day from suicide. IAVA members are at the forefront of this crisis. Every year we see a rise in the percent of IAVA members who know a post-9/11 veteran that has died by suicide or attempted suicide. This year is no different. This is a time to redouble our efforts as a nation and answer the call to action. And IAVA will continue to maintain our leadership on that charge.

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“Posters and pretty speeches are not going to change a thing, they never have. A complete change in culture and in society's response to the issue and compassion for those who suffer is what will really make a difference.”
—IAVA Member

Additional Research Results

Issues from the Headlines

Oct 2017 | |

IAVA Members are always ready to sound off on the most important issues impacting not only the post-9/11 generation but also all Americans. From immigration to the NFL protests, to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, IAVA Members are sounding off on the hottest topics of the day.

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Military Service

Feb 2016 |

With less than one percent of the U.S. population having served in the current wars, it’s critical to ask this population their thoughts on issues impacting military service. Recruitment and retention of high talent individuals must remain a priority. Including the current generation in in these conversations is a necessity. 

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Political Engagements

Oct 2017

IAVA Members are incredibly engaged in the policies and politics affecting the nation. From voting to speaking out on the issues that matter most, IAVA Members are an important voice in American political life.

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VA Health Care Usage/Reform

Oct 2017 | |

The Phoenix VA scandal was a wakeup call to the nation. While there has been much progress legislatively and administratively to ease access to care for veterans at VA, we often hear from IAVA members that their experiences are vastly different. Creating a standardized system of care across all VAs is the ultimate goal, and […]

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