IAVA: A legacy of winning

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



From a new logo to new insight to new policies, 2011 brought a lot of change to the IAVA community.

Leading the Conversation

IAVA continued to promote equality for all troops and veterans, often as the lone voice of support within the veteran community.


IAVA surpassed 200,000 members and continued to grow.


Winning for Veterans

IAVA’s advocacy was instrumental to passage of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act.


2011: A Historic Year for Advocacy

September 20, 2011
"Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" Policy Repealed

IAVA was the first and only mainstream veterans organization to come out in support of repealing the U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which prohibited LGBTQ servicemembers from being open about their sexual orientation.

VOW to Hire Heroes Act

IAVA successfully advocated to pass the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which addresses the career challenges veterans face when transitioning from combat to a civilian career. The legislation requires separating service members to take the Transition Assistance Program that provides job search resources like resume and career counseling. This law also establishes tax credits of up to $9,600 for every veteran hired and begins the work of translating military skills and training into their civilian equivalents.


IAVA Expands Our Reach

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.


3rd Annual Heroes Celebration

On April 27th, IAVA hosted its Third Annual Heroes Celebration in Los Angeles honoring the work of Sebastian Junger and the late Tim Hetherington, filmmakers of the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, with the inaugural Leadership in Entertainment Award.

2011 Gallery

5th Annual Heroes Gala

The 2011 IAVA Heroes Gala honored Stephen Colbert and Corporal Aaron Mankin.

2011 VIDEO

Veterans Day Parade

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

2011 Gallery

Veterans in Action

In August 2011, IAVA and TIME Magazine launched “The New Greatest Generation” cover story. This was part of an effort to illustrate how young war heroes are shaping the next generation of leaders in politics, business, and the non-profit sphere. Paul Rieckhoff was instrumental in helping TIME find veteran leaders to highlight for the #TIMEVets project.

Video Highlight

Health Costs for Veterans

IAVA founder, Paul Rieckhoff, testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee regarding care for America’s veterans.

IAVA History

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