MEDIA ADVISORY: IAVA Member Joins Pres., VA Sec. & Deputy Sec. at Phoenix VA

Local vet to raise issues specific to female veterans’ care at epicenter of 2014 VA scandal

WHAT: President Barack Obama will join Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob McDonald, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, March 13. The presidential visit includes a roundtable with VA stakeholders and representatives from four veteran service organizations, as well as local Phoenix-area veterans.

During the intimate roundtable, IAVA leader Cara Hammer Campbell, an Iraq War veteran, will ask how VA is implementing care to meet the needs of female veterans. She will also address perceptions from the vet community about the agency’s efforts to restore trust and accountability within their troubled health care system.

Campbell enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1997, serving with the 348th Transportation Company based out of Phoenix, Ariz., and the 310th TACCOM in Fort Belvoir, Va. In 2002, she joined the active-duty Army, serving with the First Infantry Division in Germany, before deploying to Iraq. She is an active IAVA member and supports scholar selection and community engagement for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

WHO: Cara Hammer Campbell, local IAVA leader

President Barack Obama

VA Secretary Bob McDonald

VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson

Representatives from four leading Veteran Service Organizations

WHEN: Friday, March 13, 2015

WHERE: Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, 650 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, Ariz. 85012

Note to media: Email 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. Every day, we fight for veterans. Hard. We are the tip-of-the spear non-profit engine of impact that connects, unites and empowers over 400,000 veterans and allies nationwide. Founded by an Iraq veteran in 2004, IAVA is the non-partisan leader in advocacy, public awareness and 1-on-1 care management and peer support. We organize locally, and drive historic impacts nationally.

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