IAVA: A legacy of winning

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



IAVA fought to keep a focus on our nation’s veterans.

Leading the Conversation

Veteran suicide remained a primary topic of concern, and IAVA continued to drive the national conversation to bring awareness to this issue.


IAVA surpassed 10,000 members and continued growing.


Winning for Veterans

Major strides were made in the effort to improve veteran mental health care.


IAVA Expands Our Reach

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 supported Charlie Wilson’s War, the 2007 film written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Tom Hanks, by working closely with Take Part, the social action platform for Participant Media. Besides sponsoring house-party screenings nationwide, IAVA helped create the “Social Action Campaign” for the film, which included a way for viewers to sign a petition and take action to pressure legislators in support of the People’s Treaty to Ban Cluster Bombs.

Events: Bringing Veterans Together

First IAVA Fall Fundraiser

IAVA held its first fall benefit, the original IAVA Heroes Gala, on November 8th at Gotham Hall in New York City. From this inaugural event, a cocktail reception and silent auction, the Heroes Gala emerged as one of the most anticipated events surrounding Veterans Day every year. In 2007, we honored Bob Woodruff and Tammy Duckworth.


NYC Veterans Day Parade

IAVA participates in our first Veterans Day parade, bringing hundreds of veterans together.

2007 Gallery

Video Highlight

"Demand Action For Our Veterans"

In October 2007, the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs was officially late, and instead of working to get it passed, Congress was caught up in a furor over Rush Limbaugh’s latest comments and MoveOn.org’s most recent ad.

With the help of our grassroots supporters, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Action Fund ran this ad to break through the clutter.

IAVA History

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Our country has an obligation to fulfill its promise to honor and support vets. Make a donation today to help IAVA fulfill its mission to connect, unite, and empower post-9/11 veterans.