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IAVA Reflects on 13th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

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.”

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.