Media |

IAVA Hosts Live Event on Veteran Retraining Programs

June 22, 2021

New York, NY – On Wednesday, June 23rd, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will partner with House Committee on Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-IL) and Student Veterans of America (SVA) to host a live event on veteran retraining programs.

“Transitioning from military service to a civilian career can present unique challenges,” said Tom Porter, Executive VP, Government Affairs for IAVA. “For years, IAVA has worked with the House VA Committee to increase economic opportunities for veterans, including most recently during COVID with the establishment of the Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) to help those who have lost jobs as a result of the pandemic. This program is a prime example of how Congress can be responsive to veterans during this time of critical need.”

This event will provide an overview of the VRRAP and the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC). It will also cover the challenges of reentering the workforce, opportunities for expanding veteran employment and resources available to veterans seeking employment.

“I’m so excited to join IAVA again on Wednesday to talk about veteran education and employment. Veterans are an asset to any workplace. That is why the veteran unemployment rate had fallen to a near-record low before the economy was devastated by COVID-19. I am laser focused on helping connect out-of-work veterans with the training and opportunities they need to get back on their feet now that the pandemic is ending. IAVA has been a key partner in that. I look forward to talking about our efforts on behalf of the men and women who have served,” said Ranking Member Bost.

“We are excited to partner with IAVA to help the veteran community navigate the system of post-service employment,” said Lauren Augustine, VP of Government Affairs of SVA. “Connecting student veterans to resources they need to succeed in their professions is of utmost importance to us.”

WHO: Tom Porter, EVP, Government Affairs, IAVA
Ranking Member Mike Bost, House Veteran’s Affairs Committee
Lauren Augustine, VP of Government Affairs of SVA
WHAT: IAVA to Host Live Event on Veteran Retraining Programs
WHEN:  Wednesday, June 23rd at 3:30PM EST
WHERE:  Join the Facebook Live event here. The event is open to the press.

IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at


Media |


If you donate to IAVA between now and Memorial Day, Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, will match your contribution!