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IAVA Chief Policy Officer Melissa Bryant Attends VA Sec’s Monthly Breakfast to Discuss Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 9, 2018) – Today, VA Secretary David Shulkin hosted Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Chief Policy Officer, Melissa Bryant and other Veteran Service Organization (VSO) leaders at the monthly VSO roundtable breakfast at the VA Central Office in Washington. Secretary Shulkin briefed IAVA, the leading Post-9/11 Veterans Empowerment Organization, and other leading groups on VA’s latest news and priorities, and IAVA’s Bryant represented IAVA’s 425,000 nationwide membership and presented our priorities. 

Bryant, an Iraq War veteran and spokesperson for IAVA’s historic She Who Borne the Battle campaign, was recently promoted to Chief Policy Officer following her impressive tenure as IAVA’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Bryant reiterated IAVA’s priorities, including increasing recognition and services for women veterans, reforming VA, defending and expanding education benefits, and combating suicide, as well as other top priorities outlined in our most recent Policy Agenda.

“IAVA was very glad to have the opportunity to once again sit down again with Secretary Shulkin and senior VA officials to hear the latest from inside VA. We appreciate their continued openness and commitment to ensuring that all veterans have the best in class services they have earned,” said Melissa Bryant. “We will continue to share the voices of our members nationwide and look forward to working with VA and our VSO partners on our shared priorities as we move ahead in 2018.”

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.