IAVA: A legacy of winning

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



The passage of the Clay Hunt SAV Act was huge for our community! It allowed the expansion of mental health care for troops and veterans.

Leading the Conversation

IAVA continued to drive the national conversation about veteran mental health.


The need for IAVA’s Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) continued to rise. By the end of 2015, RRRP had served over 5,000 clients.

Quick Reaction Force

Winning for Veterans

IAVA led the fight and won for legislation to prevent veteran suicide, and we stood with 9/11 first responders to guarantee medical treatment for Ground Zero aid workers.


2015: A Historic Year for Advocacy

James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

On September 11, 2015, IAVA fought with and for 9/11 first responders to secure a fully-funded, effectively permanent, extension of the World Trade Center Health Program Fund. Click here for a detailed timeline for this bill.


The Wait We Carry 2.0

With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and in partnership with Periscopic, we expanded TWWC 2.0 to include perceptions surrounding VA health care to present a more accurate and holistic story surrounding the veteran experience when they seek help from the VA.

The original version only incorporated data from Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who submitted their disability claims and were still waiting to receive their benefits. For the TWWC 2.0, we invited veterans from all wars, as well as those who served during peacetime, to share their experiences.

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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 2015, IAVA worked closely with Warner Brothers and MGM to host over 39 IAVA-sponsored, family-friendly Max VetTogethers from Hawaii to New Hampshire. IAVA members even provided real military working dogs at dozens of events. As well, we were a close adviser and charitable partner for the powerful independent film, Fort Bliss, about a female combat medic.

Events: Bringing Veterans Together

9th Annual Heroes Gala

IAVA honored Scott Wine and Daniel Rodriguez at our 2015 Heroes Gala.

2015 VIDEO

Veterans Day Parade

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

2015 Gallery

Veterans in Action

Veteran Careers Bootcamp

On May 18, 2015, IAVA hosted its first Veteran Careers Bootcamp at Civic Hall in NYC. Approximately 30 veterans received 5 hours of intensive, personalized support in career readiness from representatives of best-in-class companies, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and peer coaches. In follow-up surveys, 100% said they felt more confident in their job prospects as a result.


IAVA History

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