IAVA: A legacy of winning

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



IAVA’s efforts to expand G.I. Bill benefits resulted in a big win for many veterans!

Leading the Conversation

IAVA continued to drive the national conversation around all veterans, including National Guard service members and reservists.


The IAVA community was growing rapidly. In 2010, membership surpassed 100,000 members!


Winning for Veterans

As a result of IAVA’s advocacy, in 2010 we celebrated an extension of the hard-won New GI Bill benefit.


2010: A Historic Year for Advocacy

Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act

After leading the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008, IAVA fought for this legislation which expanded the G.I. Bill to include vocational schools, National Guard service members and Reservists responding to natural disasters. IAVA continues to protect education benefits for veterans.


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.

2010’s Restrepo showed the realities of war for a U.S. platoon in Afghanistan, and IAVA partnered closely with journalist Sebastian Junger and National Geographic on this impactful documentary film. As well, IAVA members attended premiere events, and IAVA hosted special advanced screenings for IAVA members in multiple cities. For Green Zone, the major motion picture starring Matt Damon, we held casting calls at our headquarters in New York, resulting in about a dozen first-time actors being selected to appear in the film, including a cameo by IAVA founder Paul Rieckhoff.

Events: Bringing Veterans Together

Storm the Hill

During IAVA’s annual Storm the Hill, IAVA members got the opportunity to sit with policy makers to share their stories and discuss the issues that matter most to post-9/11 veterans.

2010 Gallery

2nd Annual Heroes Celebration

On April 29th, Cameron Diaz, Norman Lear, Ron Meyer and Nick Styne hosted the Second Annual Heroes Celebration, a reception at CAA in Los Angeles to salute our newest generation of veterans and their families and to celebrate the achievements of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

2010 Gallery

4th Annual Heroes Gala

IAVA honored Wes Moore and David Gelbaum at our 2010 Heroes Gala.

2010 VIDEO

Veterans Day Parade

IAVA marched in the NYC Veterans Day Parade with local members.

2010 Gallery

Veterans in Action

On April 5th, IAVA Member Veterans and their families attended the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.

IAVA History

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