2016

IAVA: A legacy of winning

Select a year from the list below to learn about IAVA’s impact during that time.

 

2016

This major election year was an opportunity for IAVA to lead in a big way, bringing veterans’ issues to the forefront of political discussions on every side.

LEADING THE CONVERSATION

IAVA co-hosted the first ever Commander-in-Chief Forum leading up to the Presidential Election.

7,000+

lives changed through our Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP)

Quick Reaction Force

WINNING FOR VETERANS

From female veteran suicide prevention to ensuring that servicemembers and veterans were not penalized for a government error, IAVA fought for and won protections for veterans.

2016: IAVA MADE HISTORY

2016: A HISTORIC YEAR FOR ADVOCACY

Women Veteran Suicide Prevention

A 2015 study found that women who have served in the military die by suicide at nearly six times the rate of those in the civilian population.

IAVA advocated for and celebrated the passage into law of the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act, legislation that specifically addresses suicide prevention for women veterans.

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#PayThemBack

When news of the scandal broke in October, IAVA led the campaign to #PayThemBack and demanded the government fix an error that was forcing soldiers and veterans to repay bonuses provided to them in good faith.

After IAVA launched the #PayThemBack campaign, Congress passed legislation that would force the Pentagon to right this wrong.

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EVENTS: BRINGING VETERANS TOGETHER

10th Annual Heroes Gala

On November 10, 2016, more than 650 post-9/11 veterans, families and civilian supporters of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America celebrated the more than 2.8 million veterans that served in Iraq & Afghanistan. Attendees were joined by honorees Les Gelb, Kenneth Fisher, and Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy.

2016 GALLERY
2016 VIDEO

NYC Veterans Day Parade

IAVA members marched alongside IAVA in the NYC Veterans Day Parade as well as in parades throughout the US.

2016 Gallery

Commander in Chief Forum Watch Party

IAVA hosted a Commander-in-Chief Forum watch party at our NYC headquarters. Members hosted similar watch parties across the country.

CIC Forum

Veterans in Action

On Memorial Day weekend, IAVA contributed to a full slate of activities at the USS Intrepid in NYC. In particular, IAVA staff and members encouraged attendees to #GoSilent for a full minute on Memorial Day. #GoSilent is IAVA’s unique initiative to engage the public in honoring fallen soldiers.

2014 Memorial Day on the USS Intrepid

Video Highlight

"IAVA's One-on-One support"

Since its launch in late 2012, IAVA’s Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) has helped thousands of veterans and family members get on track to meeting their goals through connections to quality resources and benefits. In this special feature video from January 2016, Yahoo! Studios highlighted IAVA’s one-on-one support program.

IAVA History

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Our country has an obligation to fulfill its promise to honor and support vets. Make a donation today to help IAVA fulfill its mission to connect, unite, and empower post-9/11 veterans.