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As McDonald Faces Confirmation Hearing, IAVA Prepares Member Survey Launch Thursday in DC

WHAT: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing post-9/11 veterans and their families, will launch its 2014 Member Survey on Thursday, July 24 at 12:30 pm EST at the National Press Club in Washington DC. The survey details a range of critical issues – from suicide and mental health, to VA disability benefits, military sexual assault, post-9/11 GI Bill, employment, reintegration challenges and more.

Charlie Cook, political analyst for National Journal magazine and father of a post-9/11 veteran, will moderate the Panel on Veterans and Mental Health/Suicide, which will follow the press briefing, and focus on the Campaign to Combat Suicide, the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and future actions needed to give veterans the support they need. Panelists include: Jackie Maffucci, PhD, IAVA Research Director; Terri Tanielian, Senior Social Research Analyst at the RAND Corporation; and Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.

WHO: Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine

Jackie Maffucci, PhD, IAVA Research Director

Terri Tanielian, Senior Social Research Analyst at the RAND Corporation

Phil Carter, Senior Fellow, Counsel and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.

WHEN: Thursday, July 24, 2014. Doors open at 12 PM with refreshments.

Press Briefing to begin at 12:30 pm.

Panel on Veterans and Mental Health/Suicide event will begin at 1 pm.

WHERE: National Press Club Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045. Click here for more details.

Note to media: Email press@iava.org or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff or IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) 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 12th year anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 7,300 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.