On December 7 and 8, IAVA leadership and member veterans will take their fights to defend the GI Bill and to #PayThemBack to Capitol Hill.
The IAVA “Stormers” will be attending the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the California National Guard bonus scandal and visiting the offices of a number of Members of Congress to discuss our priorities and fight for our members.
We came. We stormed. We conquered! Check out the photos showing the wrath of #StormTheHill here!
Below are the 2016 Winter Storm the Hill “Stormers”:
Shahriar (Shah) Chowdhury currently works in finance and is an MBA student at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Shah has been active with IAVA on Capitol Hill on veterans’ issues such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill and veterans suicide. He has been interviewed on MSNBC and Fox-5 DC on several occasions as well as quoted in newspapers such as the Washington Post and The Guardian. Shah served four years as a US Army Field Artillery Officer with a 15-month deployment to Baghdad. In his spare time, Shah actively trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Abby has over 13 years of military service in the United States Navy as a Supply Chain Manager specializing in Contracts, Procurement, Budget, and Inventory Management. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 and provided direct humanitarian aid to support Hurricane Katrina and Tsunami victims. Additionally, she served overseas in England and Okinawa, Japan, and completed an internship with the State Department in the Economics section of the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. She currently works in Foreign Military Sales for the Navy’s International Programs Office.
Gail Schnell is a US Army OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) Veteran as well as the President and CEO of Schnell-Tech Solutions LLC. Gail is involved in numerous organizations in her community including Team RWB, IAVA, Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues and Veterans Voices. She also has mentored veterans on entrepreneurship as well as mentored middle school girls on Cyber Security and STEM. She has received multiple awards and honors for her work in the community and also serves as a Board of Directors Member & Chair of the External Affairs Committee for the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA).
Naveed Ali Shah
Naveed was selected as a Stormer in 2012 and went on to complete a legislative and advocacy internship in the D.C. office. Naveed joined the U.S. Army in 2006 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2009 to 2010. As a leadership fellow, Naveed often hosts VetTogethers in the Philadelphia and D.C. area.
Jeffrey is a disabled Navy Petty Officer 1st Class. He deployed to OIF twice and OEF twice. He is the founder of the Connected Warrior Foundation. Jeffrey resides in Annapolis, MD, and is part of an active veteran community there. Jeffrey is active in local and national advocacy efforts, and takes veteran suicide prevention extremely seriously.
Thor Wold currently serves as a managing partner with Catalyst Venture Group, a venture capital and consulting firm dedicated to growing small business startups and helping other Veterans realize their business potential. Thor has also worked closely on many Veteran advocacy projects, working to bridge the gap between the VSO and Department of Veteran Affairs communities to realize goals that lead to impactful, positive change for the Veteran Community. His thoughts on Veteran reintegration and employment are featured in the book Glimpses of the New Veteran: Changed Constituencies, Different Disabilities, and Evolving Resolutions – which he proudly co-authored along with many other luminaries and dedicated advocates within the veteran community
Thor served 8 years as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman, serving 2 combat tours to Iraq with US Marine Infantry units, where he earned a purple heart. When not actively deployed to combat zones, Thor worked as a military EMS provider, as well as an instructor in tactical emergency medicine techniques.