Media Advisory: Post-9/11 Vets to Testify on Veteran Policy Priorities at Joint Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON (March 15, 2016) – Tomorrow, Wednesday March 16, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff will testify before the joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C. Rieckhoff will present IAVA’s top policy priorities for Congress in 2016.

With a growing base of more than 425,000 members and supporters, IAVA’s 2016 policy priorities reflect key issues affecting the post-9/11 veterans community. With limited days in session during this election year, IAVA calls for Congress to increase focus for the most pressing issues for the post-9/11 veteran community.

In his testimony Wednesday, Rieckhoff will present the top policy priorities for IAVA in 2016: reducing veteran suicide; investing in the success of women veterans; reforming the VA and DOD for today’s veterans; and, defending veteran and military education benefits.

WHO: IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff

Representatives from the American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization, Air Force Sergeants Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Military Officers Association of America, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, Non‑Commissioned Officers Association and The Retired Enlisted Association.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2015, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 50, Ground Floor. The hearing can be streamed live at

Note to media: Please email if you would like a copy of the testimony or would like to arrange an interview with IAVA Founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff.

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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