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IAVA Celebrates Passage of Deborah Sampson Act by Senate Committee

Legislation Fills Critical Gaps in Care for Women Vets

August 5, 2020

New York, NY – Today Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) celebrated passage by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee (SVAC) the Deborah Sampson Act (S. 514), the centerpiece of IAVA’s ground-breaking #SheWhoBorneTheBattle campaign launched in 2017 to fill gaps in care for women veterans.

“IAVA commends the Committee for its bipartisan action today in support of this important legislation, sponsored by Sens. Jon Tester and John Boozman,” IAVA Executive VP Tom Porter said. “Unanimous support of the Deborah Sampson Act (S. 514) marks a sea change since we began this campaign more than three years ago. Hundreds of IAVA members have Stormed the Hill and asked Congress to act on this bill since 2017, and this is a very welcome step towards final passage.”

The Act would eliminate barriers to care and services that many women veterans face and ensure the VA can address the needs of women veterans, who are more likely than their male peers to face homelessness, unemployment, and lack of access to adequate healthcare services. 

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, drive historic impacts nationally and fight for over 400,000 veterans and their allies nationwide. If a veteran or their family is in need of assistance now, please 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 you. Visit IAVA’s The Vote Hub at to register to vote and find polling information.


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