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Post-9/11 Vets Descend Upon Capitol Hill to Defend Post-9/11 GI Bill

WASHINGTON (April 14, 2016) — Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and its members will join Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Brad Ashford (D-Neb.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) and Gwen Graham (D-Fla.) for a rally to urge Congress to defend the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Following the House passage of  H.R. 3016 — which includes significant cuts to the Post-9/11 GI Bill — the threat of a similar bill in the Senate (S.425) is jeopardizing the landmark education law and the hard-fought for benefits of veterans.

Protecting military and veterans education benefits is a top policy priority for IAVA and its 425,000 members. In response to Congress’ actions, IAVA launched the #DefendTheGIBill campaign in March 2016. IAVA members have since sent more than 13,400 letters to Congress asking representatives to oppose any cuts to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. In addition, every Member of Congress has been challenged to take the pledge to defend the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

IAVA will oppose the omnibus as a whole and call on the president to veto it if it is passed with the cuts to the Post-9/11 GI Bill included.

WHAT: Veterans Rally to Urge Congress to Defend the Post-9/11 GI Bill

WHO: Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and CEO, IAVA
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.)
Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.)
Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.)
Air Force Sergeants Association
Association of the United States Navy
Commissioned Officers Association
Vietnam Veterans of America
IAVA Members and Supporters

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: House Triangle, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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.