It's disturbing to see the IAVA refuse to lend a voice to a non-interventionalist candidate who polls highest with Veterans.
I joined this group and (as mentioned above) almost immediately felt like a roster number. I received both email and actual letters asking for donations.
I tried to attend an "event" at Daytona Bike with them (2015) but they never showed up. I asked the American Legion, VFW, and Rolling Thunder (each had their own spots)if they had seen or heard of IAVA all week? They had not and according to the map provided IAVA was supposed to be close to the other vets group's spots.
This group also has a track record of claiming to represent veterans support for left wing political affiliates. The CEO is a big hillary donor...I gave this group 1 star, but I couldn't score them lower. I feel like I was totally misrepresented by this group of leftists.
I'll start by saying that IAVA does achieve positive impact on the lives of veterans, from time to time. Any 50-person, multi-million-dollar organization has to do some good, once in a while.
But as someone pretty familiar with IAVA's operations, I think it's a highly overrated Veteran Service Organization. One major problem is that it has an unstable staff. Dozens of people resign from IAVA every year - program staff, communications staff, fundraisers, you name it. Check the website Glassdoor, which enables employees to review their companies, and you'll see that IAVA has been deserted by a growing number of disillusioned staffers who hate how the place is run.
So what's the problem? IAVA's CEO, for one thing, is a wonderful and charismatic "talking head" on cable TV, but he actually has no idea how to run a nonprofit. He's turned IAVA into a one-note anger machine - constantly attacking the VA, without offering realistic alternatives to what the Department is doing. This makes IAVA very unpopular in the government and (more damningly) very unpopular among other veterans' groups. IAVA simply does not play well with others, and it doesn't have the expertise or clout to solve veterans' problems on its own.
IAVA's programs also leave something to be desired. Its case management service is solid, but like the organization as a whole it suffers from high turnover and poor management. Meanwhile, IAVA's employment and education programs are quite weak. Also, the organization has a bad habit of making exaggerated claims about its impact, as well as lazy untrue statements ("IAVA is the oldest veterans' group supporting post-9/11 vets") that are easily challenged (WWP was founded the year before).
In short, unless you're really into anger, exaggeration, chaos and mismanagement...I think there are better VSOs out there. IAVA has done some real good, but given the size of its staff and budget, it should be doing much, much more.
Review from Guidestar
IAVA was instrumental in improving the education benefits for all service members and veterans. I was able to take advantage of the post-9/11 GI bill to complete my bachelors program. Without the superior tuition reimbursement and BAH stipend, I would not have been able to attend school and support my wife and children. IAVA is also supporting our Veteran Student Organization at San Jose State by sponsoring events and sending free promotional materials. They also help me with leadership training and individual mentoring. I am excited to be part of such a passionate organization that is perfectly aligned with my career goal of supporting our nation's Veterans.
Passionate organization that is always fighting for the rights of our veterans. There are very few organizations out there dedicated specifically to the needs of this generation of veterans and I am proud to work closely with them. They survey their membership each year to make sure they are meeting their needs and it helps them figure out what programs and services are really needed. Two thumbs up!
Review from Guidestar