IAVA Veterans to Attend Three CNN Town Halls with Presidential Candidates This Week

NEW YORK, NY (April 9, 2019) – Local members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will be attending the CNN Town Halls on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week in Washington, DC.  Tuesday’s event will feature Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Wednesday’s event will feature Governor Jay Inslee, and Thursday’s event will feature former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro.  The diverse group of veterans from IAVA will be representing the post-9/11 generation.
With women veterans, Veterans Administration waste and abuse, veterans suicide and burn pits highlighted prominently in headlines over the past few weeks, now is the time for any Presidential candidate to make his or her commitment to veterans issues known.  women veterans, VA reform and burn pits are three of IAVA’s “Big Six” priorities, reflecting IAVA’s ambitious agenda.
IAVA recently released the results of its groundbreaking annual survey of its members.  The survey is the best tool available nationally for gauging the interests and concerns of the post-9/11 generation of veterans.  According to IAVA’s survey, the political issues most important to post-9/11 veterans are veterans issues, which they prioritized even above the economy and military/defense policy.  IAVA is proud to enable its members to be present at events such as this Town Hall, to give a voice and a platform to the national conversation on veterans issues.
IAVA believes strongly in empowering veterans to challenge all current and potential future leaders and lawmakers to support the issues important to the post-9/11 generation of veterans. Almost every issue facing America is a veterans issue. From the government shutdown, to employment, to the opioid crisis, to our national defense, the voices of veterans are critical in understanding the challenges and opportunities facing the over 20 million veterans in America–and all Americans.
“IAVA and our membership believe that veterans issues are America’s issues.  When we have a conversation about what is important to this country, veterans must be a part of the discussion,” said IAVA CEO Jeremy Butler.  
IAVA looks forward to being a part of this CNN event and future events involving Republicans, Democrats or Independents. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest nonprofit representing post-9/11 veterans and their families, is an emphatically non-partisan organization.  IAVA does not support any political candidates nor any parties. IAVA membership comes from all political backgrounds, and IAVA is inclusive of all viewpoints. IAVA encourages every network to hold similar events and involve the true voices of veterans at all public media events involving candidates.  


Note to media: Email or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( 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 15th anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 8,000 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.