IAVA: A legacy of winning

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



IAVA stepped up its advocacy efforts and revamped one of its most successful and much-needed programs.


Leading the Conversation

IAVA continued to lead the national conversation around burn pits and veteran suicide prevention. We worked with partners to explain burn pits and displayed the impact of veteran suicide in our nation’s capital.


In 2018, IAVA surpassed 9,000 lives changed through our Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP).

Quick Reaction Force

Winning for Veterans

IAVA made progress on our priorities to support women veterans and to modernize the VA. We also launched a new campaign to advocate for veterans to receive the same therapies at the VA as civilians can through regular care.


2018: A Historic Year for Advocacy


Systems and

The MISSION Act was passed into law on June 6, 2018 and was fully implemented in July 2019. This law was considered a WIN for IAVA as it created a consolidated community care program called the Veterans Community Care Program and included a number of IAVA priorities. IAVA continues to monitor its implementation.


Uniting a broad base of support on a critical veteran issue, IAVA joined congressional members in introducing bipartisan legislation that would mandate the study of servicemembers’ exposures to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. As well, the Burn Pits Accountability Act would require the Department of Defense to track and report these exposures to the VA.



IAVA believes that veterans should have the same access to care as their civilian counterparts. We launched our #CannabisForVets campaign in an effort to change antiquated federal policies that prohibit wounded veterans from having access to medical cannabis. At the center of the campaign are IAVA’s efforts to pass the bipartisan VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act, which authorizes the VA to conduct research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis to treat veterans.


IAVA Expands Our Reach

JCRT Partnership: "The Camouflage Collection"

In 2018, IAVA launched The Camouflage Collection, a bold new partnership with JCRT, the direct-to-consumer, all-things-plaid apparel brand founded by Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra. For this limited-edition apparel collaboration with IAVA, Jeffrey and Robert re-imagined the modern uniform into proud plaids that honor those who have served.

As part of this very special collaboration, JCRT and photographer Joaquin Trujillo shot a powerful portrait series of returning US service members and allies dressed in the collaboration apparel. The models featured in the campaign are all IAVA members – veterans, staff and civilian supporters – and include men and women of diverse and dynamic backgrounds.

Events: Bringing Veterans Together

Storm the Hill

21 Stormers joined us over the course of four Storm the Hill sessions in 2018. These incredible IAVA members went through a rigorous application process and were competitively selected to come to Washington DC to tell their stories and advocate with IAVA on behalf of the post-9/11 generation of veterans. Stormers participated in almost 100 Congressional meetings during our 2018 Storm the Hill sessions.


2018 IAVA Salutes Award Reception

In June of 2018, IAVA hosted its second annual IAVA Salutes Award Reception. This one-of-a-kind event draws leaders in politics, media, advocacy and the veteran community to recognize the leadership of individuals in our community. In 2018, IAVA recognized Leo Shane III and Rep. Brian Mast.

2018 Gallery

Heroes Gala

IAVA honored Craig Newmark, Rob Riggle, and HBO at our Annual Heroes Gala.

2018 VIDEO

Veterans Day Parade

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

2018 Gallery

Veterans in Action

IAVA testified before Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committees on March 6. On June 7, IAVA VP of Government Affairs Tom Porter testified on toxic exposures before the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee.

Tom Porter Testimony

IAVA held a press conference with Reps. Brian Mast and Tulsi Gabbard on December 12 to address military and veteran education benefits and the inaccurate and late GI Bill payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs that have impacted so many veterans.

IAVA released a groundbreaking poll of more than 4,000 members in the veteran and military community. The poll, which was the only public and current poll of its kind, revealed veterans’ opinions on VA Secretary leadership.

Video Highlights

"Burn Pits"

IAVA worked with strategic partner David&Goliath to produce this sobering PSA that brings attention to the hazards of Burn Pits.

"A Mother's Day Message"

In collaboration with strategic partner David&Goliath, IAVA released this video for Mother’s Day 2018, recognizing the service of Women Veterans.

IAVA History

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