IAVA: A legacy of winning

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



This was a year of new leadership at IAVA and increased membership input.

Leading the Conversation

IAVA continued to lead the national discussion on veteran-specific topics and the special circumstances of 9/11 first responders.


In 2019, IAVA surpassed 9,500 lives changed through our Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP).

Quick Reaction Force

Winning for Veterans

There were BIG legislative wins this year affecting a whole generation of veterans and civilians who may have been adversely affected by toxic exposures related to public service.


2019: A Historic Year for Advocacy

Burn Pits Accountability Act

IAVA aggressively fought to pass the Burn Pits Accountability Act, landmark IAVA-led legislation that required the Department of Defense (DoD) to evaluate whether each service member has been exposed to open-air burn pits or toxic airborne chemicals and document those exposures for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

IAVA achieved its goal when the provisions of this bill were incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed on December 20, 2019.



IAVA celebrated a very personal legislative victory as we honored the Families of the 9/11 First Responders at the 2019 Heroes Gala.

The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, signed into law on July 29, 2019, extended authorization for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 through fiscal year 2092.

Events: Bringing Veterans Together

Storm the Hill

28 Stormers joined us in DC over the course of three separate Storms – spring, summer, and fall. 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 met with 84 Representatives and 51 Senators during the course of three sessions.


2019 IAVA Salutes Event

On June 10th, IAVA hosted its annual IAVA Salutes Award Reception. Attracting leaders in politics, media, advocacy and the veteran community to recognize the leadership of individuals in our community, IAVA’s 2019 event recognized journalist Quill Lawrence and Sen. Jon Tester.

2019 Gallery

Rally to Prevent Suicide

On June 11, 2019, IAVA Storm the Hill participants joined many other VSO partners and mental health groups outside the Capitol for a suicide prevention rally to share stories of hope and find inspiration. The issue of suicide is particularly painful and personal to the veteran community, and the rally was a sobering reminder that, while Storm The Hill is a fun, high energy week, we often must confront challenges that are very painful to our community.

Heroes Gala

IAVA honored Southwest Airlines, David Goggins and Families of the 9/11 First Responders at our annual Heroes Gala. We also paid special tribute to honor the life of Les Gelb.

2019 VIDEO

Veterans Day Parade

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

2019 Gallery

Veterans in Action

In 2019, over 4,900 IAVA members responded to our Annual Member Survey – IAVA’s largest response ever. The survey results accurately and precisely reflect the thoughts and attitudes of IAVA’s diverse veteran and military membership nationwide.

IAVA CEO, Jeremy Butler, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee on March 6 and before a Joint Session of Congress on March 7.

Jeremy Butler Testimony

Video Highlight

"IAVA Policy Priorities"

IAVA’s new CEO, Jeremy Butler, discussed IAVA policy priorities with BoldTV live on March 15, 2019.

IAVA History

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