IAVA: A legacy of winning

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IAVA continued to support legislation to combat military sexual assult.

Leading the Conversation

IAVA continued the push to #EndtheVABacklog while reasserting the need to combat veteran suicide.


In 2013, IAVA surpassed 1,500 lives changed through our Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP).

Quick Reaction Force

Winning for Veterans

IAVA led the fight to protect victims of military sexual assault while instituting processes and procedures to prevent future assaults.



IAVA has been a leader in advocating for reforms to the military justice system that will protect victims of military sexual assault—and prevent future assaults. In 2013, the first Military Justice Improvement Act was introduced. IAVA successfully fought to include thirteen amendments in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that improve victims’ rights, strengthen prevention efforts, and protect whistleblowers. With much more to do, we are continuing this fight in the current Congress.



IAVA created a successful movement to reduce the massive backlog of veterans’ disability claims at the VA. In March 2013, when the backlog reached a peak of 600,000 waiting veterans, we launched a broad campaign to #EndtheVABacklog. We prompted the VA to implement long-languishing reforms to its claims processing system. Thanks to these reforms, the number of veterans waiting over 125 days to receive compensation for service-connected disabilities decreased by over 60 percent.


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.

In 2013, the Oscar-award winning documentary short, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, was co-produced in association with IAVA and HBO, and it profiled the longtime IAVA program partner, the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL).

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.


7th Annual Heroes Gala

The 2013 Heroes Gala honored Jon Stewart and Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta.

2013 VIDEO

Veterans Day Parade

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

2013 Gallery

Veterans in Action

IAVA Chief Policy Officer Tom Tarantino spoke at a press conference with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Jan. 31, 2013, about how Chained CPI changes would affect veterans.

Video Highlight

Chicago Ideas Week

Adapt, Improvise and Overcome

One day you’re dodging bombs in Afghanistan. The next, you’re dodging traffic in America. IAVA founder, Paul Rieckhoff, spoke about the physical and emotional challenges of transitioning into civilian life, and learning how you can give veterans an ‘on ramp’ back into society at Chicago Ideas Week.

IAVA Veterans Week 2013

The days surrounding veterans day are a time to come together… to remember, to honor, and to celebrate.

IAVA History

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