Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America Inc

Rating: 4.12 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Veterans

Location: 292 Madison Avenue 10th Floor New York NY 10017 USA

Mission: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the voice of the 21st century veteran. It was founded in June 2004 as a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mission to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. IAVA addresses the urgent issues facing the 2.2 million service members that have deployed since 2001 such as physical disabilities, mental health, suicide and unemployment by providing assistance, awareness and advocacy to serve those who have served. For additional information visit:
Results: 1. A community of over 97,000 member veterans from around the country. 2. Passage of the New GI Bill and continued assistance with implementation. 3. Passage of Advanced Funding of the Veterans Administration (VA). 4. Partnerships with the private and public sectors to provide job opportunities for unemployed veterans.
Target demographics: Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2 million OIF and OEF Veterans
Geographic areas served: National
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Rating: 5 stars  

IAVA is a veterans’ educational organization that happens to provide the most relevant and valuable services to the current generation of veterans and the public: a. the television and radio ad program that was the first to impact the general public and educate them on the issue of veteran isolation; b. effective advocacy for the current veterans that lead the traditional veteran service organizations in “airing the dirty laundry about the poor capacity and performance of our military transitions process, the claims process, and veterans mental health care programs” resulting in increased congressional oversight and improvements; c. education of the public on the “real unemployment rate” of our young veterans versus an original erroneous report done by Department of Labor that motivated the US Chamber of Commerce to act; and d. the development of outreach programs for young veterans based on their dominant mode and methods of communication, cyberspace. I’ve been a long time member and leader in the older veterans organizations that provide dying NCO and officer club type venues and “command structures” that caused these clubs to fail on our posts/bases, because younger generations does not relate to them. Presidents and Governors seem to have selected lots of government appointees from the older organizations, yet the organizations didn’t seem effective in engaging the public about what needed to be done until IAVA stood up. Entrepreneurship training/boot camps, corporate employment development, and membership surveys using quantitative methods to determine issues versus the good ole boys . . . leading change is how IAVA has impacted the sector.

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I think IAVA does a wonderful job of lobbying and marketing, but their organizational structure is flawed. They seem to have no elected leadership, but they play in the veteran membership space which is largely dominated by member-based organization that elect some portion of their leadership. However, they claim to be the go-to organization on all issues related to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. That is a little suspect to me: no elected officers in your membership based organization? Who votes on the policy issues? You folks are also missing a core component: Programs and Services. You are a young org so you have some work to do, but that's ok. Good effort all around.

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