IAVA: A legacy of winning

Select a year from the list below to learn about IAVA’s impact during that time.



A year of many firsts for IAVA.

Leading the Conversation

IAVA established itself as a force to be reckoned with in Washington, DC.


IAVA continued to inspire engagement and membership surpassed 6,000 members.


Winning for Veterans

With a new name and strength in numbers, IAVA advocated for post-9/11 veterans with renewed vigor.


2006: A Historic Year for Advocacy

IAVA Launches Storm the Hill: A Veteran Leadership Development Program

For the first time, IAVA brought over a dozen Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with top lawmakers and officials on Capitol Hill from both sides of the aisle.


IAVA Expands Our Reach

Chasing Ghosts

IAVA’s founder and US Army Veteran, Paul Rieckhoff, publishes a book about his combat tour in Iraq.

IAVA Films

IAVA has fostered meaningful relationships with the film and entertainment communities, partnering with and producing films that engage the veteran community and bridge the military-civilian divide. IAVA has also served as a producer on several documentary films.

IAVA raised over $20,000 in initial funding for The Ground Truth, the Sundance award-winning documentary by Patria Foulkrod, and also helped the filmmaker find almost all veteran subjects. As well, IAVA served as a technical advisor and validator for The War Tapes, one of the first and best films about the war in Iraq, winning it Best International Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2006.

When I Came Home looks at the challenges faced by returning combat veterans and the battle many must fight against the Veterans Administration for the benefits promised to them. In addition to Herold Noel, the film’s main subject, IAVA’s founder, Paul Rieckhoff, makes several appearances in the film.

IAVA History

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