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.
By April 2020, IAVA had served more than 10,000 clients through our Quick Reaction Force (QRF), a Rapid Response Referral Program.
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
RRRP EVOLVES INTO QUICK REACTION FORCE (QRF)
In response to the critical need for tailored support in this time of crisis, IAVA accelerated the launch of our revamped high-tech, high-touch, comprehensive care management program, the Quick Reaction Force (QRF). We have designed this service to provide veterans and their families with assistance on all issues that touch their lives.
QRF builds off of IAVA’s flagship Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) which, in its seven years of activation, connected over 10,000 veterans to critical resources. The revamped QRF focuses on long-term engagement on an individual basis to ensure immediate support is provided and veterans access the benefits and resources they’ve earned for long-term success.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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