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IAVA | December 13, 2021

IAVA Yearly SITREP

As the leading voice for the post-9/11 veteran community, IAVA continues to facilitate change and create awareness about issues and topics impacting our community. Below are highlights from the last year:

(IAVA Media) IAVA Celebrated One Year Since Website Relaunch and Announced Newest Offerings: “As a leading VSO, we are constantly looking for ways to improve accessibility for our members. With our updated website, veterans can access the care they need more quickly and efficiently than ever before, with support available 24/7,” said Sean Ullman, COO for IAVAWatch here.

(IAVA Press Release) IAVA Joined Members of Congress, Jon Stewart & John Feal to Unveil Toxic Exposures Legislation: “No one in Congress should pretend to honor the sacrifices of our troops on this 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks while not supporting these injured veterans,” said Tom Porter, EVP of Government Affairs for IAVARead more.

(IAVA Press Release) IAVA Joined Coalition to Continue Fight Against Coronavirus: “IAVA looks forward to providing volunteer opportunities for our members, raising awareness and ultimately ensuring all Americans have access to vaccines,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVARead more.

(IAVA Media) IAVA Hosted a Live Event with House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member During Virtual Fly-InJeremy Butler, CEO of IAVA, joined House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-IL) and IAVA Member Advocates Sarah Letts and Corey Foster for a Facebook Live event focused on women veterans and burn pits and toxic exposures…Watch here

IAVA Hosts Facebook Live with House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member During Virtual Fly-In

(IAVA Press Release) IAVA is Proud to Support the Introduction of the Military Justice Improvement and Increased Prevention Act: “We need to do this for the soldier that wants accountability from her command, for the airman that faces threats from within their command, for the sailor who wants her kids to be safe following in her footsteps, and for the Marine who just wants to do her damn job,” said Tom Porter, EVP of Government Affairs for IAVARead more.

(IAVA Media) IAVA Highlighted First Year Success of Flagship QRF Program: “Over the past year, QRF has helped veterans navigate transition related challenges as well as the mental health, economic, employment and social challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hannah Sinoway, EVP of Organization Strategy & Engagement for IAVAWatch here.

IAVA Highlights First Year Success of Flagship QRF Program

(IAVA Testimony) IAVA Testified Before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ AffairsTom Porter, EVP of Government Affairs for IAVA, testified before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on veterans coping during COVID-19, veterans’ mental health and the implementation of the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement ActRead more.

(IAVA Media) Top Leaders From IAVA Discussed the U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan: “We have not fully discharged our moral obligation to the battlefield interpreters in Afghanistan,” said General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.), Board Member for IAVAWatch here.

IAVA's Jeremy Butler, three-time Afghanistan Veteran Kristen Rouse and Gen. Petraeus Discuss the Withdrawal From Afghanistan

(IAVA Testimony) IAVA Submitted Written Testimony on Improving Health Care for Women Veterans: “It is crucial we recognize the unique issues our female veterans and servicemembers face so the institutions they rely on can meet them with the support and respect that they have earned,” said Kaitlynne Hetrick, Associate of Government Affairs for IAVARead more.

(IAVA Media) IAVA Hosts Facebook Live Event With Team Rubicon on the Veterans Coalition for Vaccination: Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVA, discussed COVID-19 vaccinations and the Veterans Coalition for Vaccination (VCV) with Jake Wood, CEO of Team Rubicon and Dr. Kavita Patel, Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution…Watch here.

IAVA Hosts Facebook Live Event With Team Rubicon on Veterans Coalition for Vaccination

(IAVA Events) IAVA Hosts the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Dr. Kavita Patel to Raise Awareness of Vaccine Safety and More: “We are honored to join forces with this incredible organization to raise awareness about the impacts of the pandemic and provide valuable information to veterans and their families about vaccines,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVAWatch here.

IAVA Joins the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Dr. Kavita Patel to Raise Awareness of Vaccine Safety and More

(IAVA Media) IAVA CEO Jeremy Butler Explains the Importance of Prioritizing Equality for LGBTQ+ Troops: “For our country to truly respect the contributions of the dedicated individuals who serve, those protections must apply both inside and outside the military,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVARead more.

(IAVA Media) IAVA Hosts Facebook Live on LGBTQ Inclusivity and Non-Discrimination: Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVA, joined LGBTQ military advocates to talk about how inclusion and diversity make the military stronger, the necessity of non-discrimination and next steps for equality in the military…Watch here.

IAVA Hosts Facebook Live On LGBTQ Inclusivity & Non-Discrimination

(IAVA Media) IAVA Hosts Live Event About Alternative Therapies for Veterans: ”Among IAVA members, nearly 90% agree with further researching cannabis for medical uses,” said Travis Horr, Director of Government Affairs for IAVAWatch here.

IAVA Partners with the National Cannabis Festival to Host a Panel Discussion on Alternative Therapies for Veterans

(IAVA Media) IAVA and Team Rubicon Discussed Ways to Support Our Afghan Allies: “IAVA is proud to team up with Team Rubicon to get important information out to the community about the status of evacuation and resettlement efforts, as well as volunteer opportunities and other ways to help,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVAWatch here.

IAVA and Team Rubicon Discussed the Status of Our Afghan Allies and Ways to Support

(IAVA Partnerships) IAVA Partners with Leidos to Host Live Event on Veteran Employment: Preparing for life after service and helping veterans navigate transition related challenges has always been one of IAVA’s main focuses,” said Hannah Sinoway, EVP of Organization Strategy & Engagement for IAVAWatch here. 

IAVA Partners with Leidos to Host Live Event on Veteran Employment

(IAVA Partnerships) IAVA and 2U Connect Veterans With High-Quality Educational Offerings: “Through this partnership, IAVA and 2U will continue to work together to provide valuable information and education opportunities for IAVA members,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVAWatch here.

IAVA's CEO Jeremy Butler met with 2U’s David Sutphen for a discussion on equity, access, and opportunity in higher education.

(The Well News) Changing Military Fuels IAVA Fight for Veterans’ Needs: “The VA needs to accept that burn pits and toxic exposures are universal elements behind veteran health issues, and we need to acknowledge this and improve the delivery of care,” said Sean Ullman, COO of IAVARead more.

(CNN) IAVA Discussed President Biden’s Recent Announcement of a Military Toxic Exposure Review: “The reality is that this is a nice first step but there is a lot more that needs to be done. Unfortunately, if you read the fine print there are a lot of things that don’t say what we need to hear,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVAWatch here.

IAVA Joins CNN's New Day to Discuss Issues Important Issues Affecting the Veteran Community

(FOX) IAVA Discussed the Fight for Health Care for Women Veterans: “We have all heard the stories of women being asked if their husband is coming with them or being berated as soon as they walk through the doors of the VA,” said Kaitlynne Hetrick, Associate of Government Affairs for IAVAWatch here.

IAVA Joins FOX 5 to Discuss The Fight for Healthcare for Women Veterans

(CNN) IAVA Discusses the New Afghan Sponsorship Program: “The key to the success of the Afghan resettlement process and the key to our Afghan Allies not ending up in endemic poverty is them being paired with a U.S. military veteran,” said Matt Zeller, Senior Advisor for IAVAWatch here.

IAVA Joins CNN to Discuss the Afghan Sponsorship Program by the White House

(USA Today) Advancing Equity: The Black Community’s Road to Recovery: “The Black community, including veterans, has been impacted by COVID-19 and unemployment, and there is a need for more equity in access to health care,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO of IAVARead more.

(USA Today) Female Veterans Served America, but the VA Doesn’t Serve and Protect Them: “IAVA is calling to change the VA motto to be gender-neutral, fully recognizing all veterans that have served and ensuring that women feel VA is also a place for them,” said Kaitlynne Hetrick, Associate of Government Affairs for IAVARead more

(NBC) IAVA Calls for Congressional Action on Helping Veterans With Toxic Exposures: “We are not going to let up. This is the biggest health impact for our generation of veterans,” said Tom Porter, EVP of Government Affairs for IAVA…​​​​Watch here.

IAVA Calls For Congressional Action on Toxic Exposures

(PhilanTopic) What Does ‘Jumanji’ Have to do with Advocacy?: “When our veterans signed up to protect the country, they didn’t expect to be exposed to toxic substances and practices overseas that often lead to long-term ailments,” said Sean Ullman, COO of IAVARead more.

(Military.com) Advocates for Veterans Sickened by Burn Pits are Taking Their Biggest Stand Yet on Capitol Hill: “If you were to ask veterans if they want research, they’ll tell you no. They want to be treated for their injuries; they want to be compensated for their injuries,” said Tom Porter, EVP of Government Affairs for IAVARead more.

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