IAVA: A legacy of winning

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



The battle to end the VA backlog continued. In 2014, IAVA released a comprehensive analysis of progress and remaining challenges.

Leading the Conversation

IAVA catalyzed the national conversation about veteran mental health and suicide prevention.


In its second year, IAVA’s Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) surpassed 4,000 clients served.

Quick Reaction Force

Winning for Veterans

IAVA continued to fight the VA backlog and to push for modernization of the VA.


2014: A Historic Year for Advocacy

Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act

Successfully passed in 2014, this legislation expanded veterans’ healthcare options in the private sector by creating the Veterans Choice Program (Choice). IAVA saw this as a “band-aid” and pressed for further legislation to close the gap in veterans’ care.


Red Tape Report: The Battle to End the VA Backlog

IAVA released its 2014 Red Tape Report: The Battle to End the VA Backlog. This report analyzed the issue and provided recommendations on how to not only end the backlog, but to make sure it never happens again. No veteran should ever have to wait.


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.

Working with Director Clint Eastwood, IAVA provided early content feedback to Warner Brothers and the American Sniper team on messaging, outreach and program support. For Grounded, IAVA served as the exclusive charitable partner and technical advisor to the film, connecting the producers with Lauren Augustine, UAV pilot combat veteran and IAVA Legislative Associate.

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.


10th Anniversary Heroes Gala

On the occasion of our 10th Anniversary, IAVA honored Adm. Michael Mullen and Travis Kalanick at our 2014 Heroes Gala.


Veterans Day Parade

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

2014 Gallery

Veterans in Action

In March, Veterans from across America “stormed” Capitol Hill with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and demanded Congress and the President take new action on their top issue: combating veteran suicide. The impactful week ended with a flag activation on the National Mall where IAVA members planted thousands of flags to represent the many veterans who have died by suicide.

2014 Flags on the National Mall

Video Highlight

Aspen Ideas Festival

The Uncertain Return: How Is the 21st Century Veteran Doing?

Not even one percent of the US population has served in the military, but the return of veterans from war has a ripple effect far greater than that one percent. IAVA founder, Paul Rieckhoff, participated on a panel during the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss the post-9/11 generation of veterans.

Veterans Week 2014

IAVA members are everywhere, and IAVA is the catalyst that unites our community. During the days surrounding Veterans Day, we collaborated with veteran leaders around the country to showcase the passion and diversity of the newest generation of veterans.

IAVA History

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