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IAVA Welcomes Ashton Carter as New Defense Secretary

Washington D.C. (February 12, 2015) — Today, the Senate confirmed Ashton B. Carter as the new Department of Defense Secretary. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) released the following statement congratulating Carter:

“IAVA congratulates Ash Carter on a successful nomination process and commends Congress for conducting swift and bi-partisan confirmation hearings while active duty military troops are stationed in nearly 150 countries across the globe,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. “Given the years of honorable service at the Pentagon, Secretary Carter knows the building perhaps better than many of his predecessors and IAVA looks forward to his leadership as Secretary of Defense. We hope that he continues to engage with and seek council from veteran service organizations to the degree former Secretary of Defense Hagel embraced and we look forward to working with Secretary Carter and his staff to ensure that our military service members and their families have the support and resources necessary to accomplish the mission.

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.