Storm The Hill
STORM THE HILL
IAVA’s Advocacy and Membership in Action
What is Storm the Hill?
Nothing about us without us
Storm the Hill is IAVA’s premier leadership development program. It gives our Members the opportunity to sit with policy makers, to share their stories, and to discuss the issues that matter most to post-9/11 veterans. When IAVA Storms the Hill, our leaders listen and real change happens. Over the years, it has grown from a handful of veterans walking the halls of Congress into an annual event placing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in meetings with our nation’s leaders.
Why does IAVA Storm the Hill?
We bring the stories of the more than 4.1 million post-9/11 veterans to congressional leaders in Washington. Our stormers receive first-hand experience in championing IAVA’s policy agenda and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and interact with Members of Congress, Senators, congressional staffers, and fellow veteran leaders from across the country. Stormers work alongside IAVA staff, our members and veteran advocates to meet with congressional offices and key leaders of the Executive Branch.
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What are the outcomes?
Together We Win
Our collective efforts have successfully fought for better body armor, secured funding for VA health care, addressed veteran backlogs in the VA, protected and enhanced the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and played a pivotal role in ensuring the passage of the Clay Hunt SAV Act to reduce military and veteran suicides – improving access to quality mental health care for millions of our nation’s veterans. In 2019, Storm the Hill garnered nearly 500 million media hits in our effort to combat suicide by passing life-saving suicide prevention legislation that increases veterans’ access to care and the VA’s ability to handle our returning veterans.
Quite frankly, The Storm the Hill experience changed my life for the better and injected a passion back into my life that went missing after I retired.
I am a more confident and effective leader because of my participation as a Stormer.
How Can I Storm the Hill?
Who can participate?
Storm the Hill welcomes veterans of all backgrounds to apply. We ask all applicants to be familiar with our Big 6 Policy Priorities as those selected will engage decision makers on critical issues affecting post-9/11 veterans.
Why Storm with IAVA?
We Train Leaders
In addition to extensive media and advocacy training, those selected will leverage their voices to foster positive change for the veteran community. Stormers call on elected leaders across the political landscape to fight on behalf of this generation of veterans. They share their stories and raise awareness for IAVA’s Big 6 Priorities. Storm the Hill is an all expense paid, week-long program. Those selected will be required to travel to DC and be available for the week in order to participate.