Ahead of Secretary Shinseki Testimony, IAVA and POGO to Encourage VA Whistleblowers to Come Forward

What: In light of recent reports of poor care, falsified records and possible cover-ups, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) will announce a joint effort to protect whistleblowers who have information about wrongdoing within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

IAVA Chief Policy Officer Tom Tarantino will also address what post-9/11 veterans need to hear from Secretary Shinseki when he testifies later Thursday morning in front of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about the growing controversy.

Who: Tom Tarantino, Chief Policy Officer, IAVA

Danielle Brian, Executive Director, POGO

Post 9/11 veterans and supporters

When: Thursday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. EDT

Where: The Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C.

The Mott House is just south of the Dirksen Senate Office Building – the site of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing – on Maryland Avenue, between First Street NE and Constitution Avenue. Find it on Google maps:

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Note to media: Email or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. As a non-profit founded in 2004, IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 8,000 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.