New York, NY (September 11, 2014) – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing post-9/11 veterans and their families, today reflects on the 13th anniversary since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. IAVA is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington DC.
Nearly 2.9 million post-9/11 veterans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff, an Iraq War veteran and first responder on 9/11, released the following statement of remembrance to mark the anniversary:
“All of us remember where we were on September 11, 2001,” said Rieckhoff. “For many Iraq and Afghanistan vets, the attacks on September 11th hold a special place in their memory because it instilled a call and passion to serve their country. That one day changed the course of our lives. Today, as the world remembers the horror our nation and its victims encountered – from New York to Washington and a field in Pennsylvania – we also reflect on the heroism of first responders, servicemembers and veterans. We must continue to care for our first responders in the coming years and extend The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. Their selflessness and bravery, during the aftermath and over the past 13 years, have proven that we are stronger together.”
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"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.