Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Launches VA Modernization and Reform Advocacy Week
Continues six week campaign to highlight priority issues
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 15, 2021
New York, NY – In the third week of its six-week campaign, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is highlighting its legislative and reform goals for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
As a leading veteran service organization, holding the VA accountable for the implementation of landmark legislation is one of IAVA’s top priorities.
“We are excited for the opportunity to work with Secretary Denis McDonough and the Biden administration to ensure access to quality VA services for veterans,” said Jeremy Butler, CEO for IAVA. “As the Secretary takes charge of the VA, IAVA will support his leadership to modernize the VA and implement important newly-enacted laws, including the Commander John Scott Hannon Mental Health Care Improvement Act and the Deborah Sampson Act.”
IAVA is eager to work with the Biden Administration to advance the veteran community’s priorities. Specifically, IAVA will pursue:
- Combating suicide among troops and veterans
- Gaining benefits for servicemembers and veterans suffering injuries from toxic exposures like burn pits
- Recognizing the service of, and improving benefits for, women veterans and military personnel
- Improved veteran and military education benefits
- Reforming government to best support today’s military and veterans
- Empowering servicemembers and veterans who want to use alternative therapies
We encourage Secretary McDonough to work with the VSO and MSO communities to champion these priorities. IAVA will continue to advocate for accessible care, accountability, and transparency within the VA. Learn more about IAVA’s work on VA modernization here.
IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 400,000 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 quickreactionforce.org 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 iava.org/membership.