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STORM THE HILL: #ENDTHEVABACKLOG

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WHAT IS "STORM THE HILL"?

Storm the Hill (STH) is IAVA's premier leadership development program. Since 2006, we have brought dozens of IAVA Member Veterans from across the country to Washington, DC, to advocate for their fellow vets for a week in March. During the program, they use the power of their personal stories to talk with - and influence - our country's decision-makers - on both sides of the aisle - about the issues facing our community.

In the lead up to STH, participants receive a wide array of training to prepare them for a week of on-the-ground advocacy. This year we have broadened our scope and expanded from just ground "Stormers" into a unit of "Swarmers" strategically placed across the country to maximize impact. These "Swarmers" will enhance IAVA's advocacy efforts by activating their local communities to support the cause.

Events Description Date Time
Panel Discussion with Veterans Aired Live on SiriusXM Pete Dominick, host of Stand Up! with Pete Dominic, will host a live, one-hour panel discussion. Open Press. More Info Monday, March 18th 8-9am
Aspen Institute Launch of Aspen Veterans Initiative IAVA will launch its 2013 policy agenda. Open Press. More Info. Monday, March 18th 3-4:30pm
Fundraiser & Reception for the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War Fundraiser and reception in support of IAVA's critical work to break the VA claims backlog and reduce veteran suicide rates. More Info. Wednesday, March 20th 6-8pm
An Event to End the Backlog IAVA will hold an event on the Hill to call for Congressional and Presidential leadership to end the VA backlog. Open Press. More Info. Thursday, March21 11:00am-12:00pm
See recent press on Storm the Hill 2013 here.

PRIMARY ISSUE: #ENDTHEVABACKLOG

  • VA Disability benefits provide care and compensation for injured vets.
  • But vets wait too long for their benefits which has a devastating impact on their lives and families.
  • Despite major investment at the VA, the problem is growing, not getting better.
  • We need Presidential leadership to fix the problem.
  • They fought for us. They shouldn't have to fight for benefits.

JOIN THE FIGHT



IAVA is an organization that gets stuff done.

If you are a veteran of OIF, OEF, or OND become a member today. Membership is FREE! You paid your dues in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

Even if you don't qualify for membership, you can still join the fight as a supporter. We need you!

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IAVA'S 2013 POLICY AGENDA

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IAVA's Policy Agenda is the blueprint for IAVA's work in Washington each year. In prior years, we've focused on passing the New GI Bill, securing Advanced Funding for VA health care and improving the disability reform process. In the 2013 Policy Agenda, we're focusing on ending the VA backlog.

DOWNLOAD THE POLICY AGENDA HERE

SEE VIDEO OF OUR POLICY AGENDA BRIEFING.

OTHER POLICY ISSUES

  • Invisible Injuries: Too many veterans are slipping through the cracks of gaps in services, particularly those who were given an other than honorable discharge because their injuries went undiagnosed or untreated. IAVA supports policy that would review these discharges to ensure that all service members receive the care they need.
  • Unemployment: The unemployment rate for new veterans is still too high.Many veterans still don’t have access to best-in-class employment resources to help them transition into the civilian workforce. IAVA supports legislation that would allow all service members access to first-class transition assistance.
  • Education: Veterans still need better access to education. IAVA supports legislation requiring all schools that accept GI Bill dollars to treat all veterans as in state residents.
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STORM THE HILL SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS

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Met With: Team Name
Office of Rep. Richard Nugent ALPHA
Office of Rep. John Culberson ALPHA
Office of Rep. Brad Wenstrup ALPHA
Office of Rep. Tim Griffin ALPHA
Office of Rep. John Culberson ALPHA
Office of Rep. Bernard Sanders ALPHA
Office of Rep. Steven Palazzo ALPHA
Office of Rep. Grace Meng ALPHA
Office of Rep. Scott DesJarlais ALPHA
Office of Rep. Chris Collins ALPHA
Office of Rep. Steve Israel ALPHA
Office of Rep. Daniel Maffei ALPHA
Office of Rep. Thomas Rooney ALPHA
Office of Rep. Suzan DelBene ALPHA
Office of Rep. Hal Rogers ALPHA
Office of Rep. Phil Roe ALPHA
Office of Rep. Bill Flores ALPHA
Office of Rep. Dennis Heck ALPHA
Office of Sen. Timothy Kaine ALPHA
Office of Sen. Charles Schumer ALPHA
Office of Rep. Jim Bridenstine BRAVO
Office of Sen. Barbara Boxer BRAVO
Office of Sen. Harry Reid BRAVO
Office of Sen. Mike Johanns BRAVO
Office of Rep. Steve Daines BRAVO
Office of Rep. Mark Pocan BRAVO
Office of Sen. Tom Harkin BRAVO
Office of Rep. James Clyburn BRAVO
Office of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick BRAVO
Office of Rep. Raul Ruiz BRAVO
Office of Rep. Susan Davis BRAVO
Office of Rep. Jackie Walorski BRAVO
Office of Rep. Ron Barber BRAVO
Office of Rep. Chris Stewart BRAVO
Office of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy BRAVO
Office of Sen. Joe Donnelly BRAVO
Office of Sen. John Hoeven BRAVO
Office of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Kevin Cramer CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Ron DeSantis CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Andre Carson CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Eric Swalwel CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Alan Grayson CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Hank Johnson CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Michael Michaud CHARLIE
Office of Rep. John Delaney CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Chaka Fattah CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Steve Stivers CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Rob Wittman CHARLIE
Office of Rep. John Tierney CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Mark Amodei CHARLIE
Office of Rep. J. Randy Forbes CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Vicky Hartzler CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Theodore Yoho CHARLIE
Office of Rep. Thomas Massie CHARLIE
Office of Sen. Mike Lee CHARLIE
Office of Sen. Mark Begich DELTA
Office of Rep. Buck McKeon DELTA
Office of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen DELTA
Office of Rep. Tammy Duckworth DELTA
Office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand DELTA
Office of Sen. David Vitter DELTA
Office of Sen. Martin Heinrich DELTA
Office of Rep. Tim Bishop DELTA
Office of Rep. Tom Rice DELTA
Office of Sen. Ron Wyden DELTA
Office of Rep. Dan Benishek DELTA
Office of Sen. Roger Wicker DELTA
Office of Rep. Todd Rokita DELTA
Office of Sen. Daniel Coats DELTA
Office of Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham DELTA
Office of Rep. John Boehner DELTA
Office of Rep. Eric Cantor DELTA
Office of Rep. Steny Hoyer DELTA
Office of Sen. Richard Blumenthal ECHO
Office of Sen. Jeff Flake ECHO
Office of Rep. Suzanne Bonamici ECHO
Office of Sen. Saxby Chambliss ECHO
Office of Sen. Tim Johnson ECHO
Office of Rep. Jeb Hensarling ECHO
Office of Sen. John Rockefeller ECHO
Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley ECHO
Office of Rep. Lois Frankel ECHO
Office of Rep. Jim Langevin ECHO
Office of Rep. Jeff Denham ECHO
Office of Rep. Kevin Yoder ECHO
Office of Rep. Mark Takano ECHO
Office of Sen. Mark Kirk ECHO
Office of Sen. Jeff Sessions ECHO
Office of Rep. Joe Courtney ECHO
Office of Rep. Tim Huelskamp ECHO
Office of Sen. Angus King ECHO
Office of Rep. Mike Coffman FOXTROT
Office of Sen. John Boozman FOXTROT
Office of Rep. Ann Wagner FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Lindsey Graham FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Bill Nelson FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Kay Hagan FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Carl Levin FOXTROT
Office of Rep. Daniel Kildee FOXTROT
Office of Rep. Jim Jordan FOXTROT
Office of Rep. John Kline FOXTROT
Office of Rep. Tom Price FOXTROT
Office of Rep. Dave Loebsack FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Joseph Manchin FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Jack Reed FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Jon Tester FOXTROT
Office of Sen. Johnny Isakson FOXTROT
Office of Rep. John Carter FOXTROT
Office of Rep. Beto O'Rourke FOXTROT
Office of Rep. Alan Lowenthal GOLF
Office of Rep. Derek Kilmer GOLF
Office of Rep. Michael Bennet GOLF
Office of Rep. David Price GOLF
Office of Rep. Elizabeth Esty GOLF
Office of Rep. Bill Shuster GOLF
Office of Rep. John Fleming GOLF
Office of Rep. Ann Kuster GOLF
Office of Rep. John Dingell GOLF
Office of Rep. Sam Farr GOLF
Office of Rep. Austin Scott GOLF
Office of Rep. Doug Lamborn GOLF
Office of Sen. Claire McCaskill GOLF
Office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse GOLF
Office of Sen. Jerry Moran GOLF
Office of Rep. Walter Jones GOLF
Office of Rep. Randy Weber GOLF
Office of Rep. Sam Johnson GOLF
Office of Sen. Chris Murphys GOLF
Office of Sen. Sherrod Brown Ohio Vets
Office of Sen. Robert Portman Ohio Vets
Office of Sen. John Boozman Other
Office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren Other
Office of Rep. Jeff Miller Other
Office of Rep. Corrine Brown Other - XRAY
Office of Rep. Jon Runyan Other - XRAY
Department of Veterans Affairs Other
The White House Other