2020

IAVA: A legacy of winning

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2020

We continued the fight to improve the lives of all veterans and their families!

Leading the Conversation

With the challenging backdrop of a global pandemic, IAVA relaunched our Rapid Response Referral Program as Quick Reaction Force (QRF) with the increased capacity to handle the needs of veterans in crisis.

10,000+

By April 2020, IAVA had served more than 10,000 clients through our Quick Reaction Force (QRF), a Rapid Response Referral Program.

Quick Reaction Force

Winning for Veterans

IAVA continued to defend the rights and benefits of veterans. We celebrated multiple legislative wins, especially significant in this tumultuous election year.

2020: IAVA MADE HISTORY

2020: A Historic Year for Advocacy

Cdr. John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act

IAVA worked closely with legislators and fought hard to pass the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019. This vital legislation includes much-needed updates related to transition assistance, mental health care, care for women veterans, and telehealth care. It was signed into law on October 17, 2020.

Commander Hannon’s Story

9-8-8 National Suicide Hotline

IAVA celebrated the enactment of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (S. 2661), which designates 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

The new law helps ensure that individuals and families, including veterans, experiencing mental health distress are able to easily access help and resources. It was signed into law on October 17, 2020.

Veteran Education Benefits

IAVA did not allow veterans to “fall through the cracks”, even in a global pandemic! The COVID Education Bill, passed into law on March 21, 2020, allowed GI Bill students to still receive their full BAH benefit (Basic Allowance for Housing) while attending school remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Events: Bringing Veterans Together

Storm the Hill

21 Stormers joined us in DC the first week of March. These incredible IAVA members went through a rigorous application process and were competitively selected to come to Washington DC to tell their stories and advocate with IAVA on behalf of the post-9/11 generation of veterans. Stormers met with 37 Representatives and 31 Senators during the course of the week.

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IAVA Veterans Day SAV March

Adapting to the social circumstances of 2020, IAVA reinvented Veterans Day parades by organizing the first of its kind virtual parade across America, all 2,093 miles.

On November 11th, all of the participating mini parades combined virtually took us from coast to coast for over 2,093 combined miles.

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Veterans in Action

IAVA CEO, Jeremy Butler, testified in front of a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees on March 3. Jeremy discussed IAVA’s Big Six priorities, the results of our latest Annual Member Survey, and the importance of immediate action to ensure veterans’ needs are addressed. His testimony can be found here.

Jeremy Butler Testimony

In addition, IAVA launched its 10th Annual Membership Survey on March 4. If you weren’t able to make it to our launch reception, you can check it out here. The results of the survey can be found here.

Video Highlight

"The Importance of the Veteran Vote"

Adapting to the times, IAVA facilitated several veteran-interest Facebook Live events in 2020, including the popular and timely topic “The Importance of the Veteran Vote” on September 17th.

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.