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IAVA Leaders Meet with VA Secretary To Discuss Suicide and Other Policy Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC (March 6, 2019) – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Butler and Chief Policy Officer, Melissa Bryant, met with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie today to discuss the release of IAVA’s Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress and, specifically, the organization’s Big 6 policy priorities.

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Secretary Wilkie today and discuss those items that we feel are the most urgent to the welfare of the veteran community” said Butler. “While we fundamentally disagree on the need to change the VA motto to one that is inclusive of all veterans, we adamantly agree on the immediate need to address the ongoing crisis of veteran suicide and I look forward to a new opportunity for IAVA to work with the Secretary, his staff, and others in the veteran community to meet this challenge. Our 425,000 members expect us to have a seat at the table when veteran policy is being made, and this is a step in that direction. It is my desire that this renewed collaboration with the VA will also extend to a new opportunity to bring our members’ views to the White House as well.”

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IAVA’s Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress, “A Lasting Legacy” is a road map for America and contains the initiatives and recommendations that IAVA believes will address the most critical issues impacting the post-9/11 generation and improve the lives of veterans nationwide. See it here.

Note to media: Email press@iava.org or call 212-982-9699

About IAVA

"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America...remains the most important organization representing the new generation of veterans." - TIME Magazine

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the premier veterans advocacy and support organization on the planet. Founded by an Iraq veteran in 2004, IAVA is the non-partisan leader in advocacy, public awareness, and 1-on-1 case management support. Our mission is to connect, unite, and empower over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide. We have connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided thousands of veterans of all generations with life-saving and life-changing personalized support from our Masters-level social service professionals.

Learn more at iava.org.