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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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: http://www.iava.org

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

Programs: Advocacy programs iava conducts non-partisan issue advocacy to ensure that iraq and afghanistan veterans and their families are supported, protected and never forgotten. In 2014, iava and its members faced a va scandal. As the full extent of the backlog, malfeasance amd cover-up at the va came to light, iava led the charge for transparency and accountability. Due to iavas efforts to highlight the problem, the va reduced its backlog by nearly 60 percent falling to about 250,000 from a high of 611. 000. Additionally, iava conducted a comprehensive member survey, one of the largest non-governmental surveys, of 2,828 iava members, which helped us identify the most urgent policy issues facing the post-9/11 generation of veterans. Iava also conducted our annual storm the hill campaign, where 32 veterans from across the country were brought to washington, dc to receive communications and leadership training, and met directly with policymakers to advocate for progress on key veterans issues, namely reducing veteran suicide. Iava successfully advocated for the passage of the gi bill tuition will begin saving athe government an estimated $139 million beginning in 2014. In addition, expenditures related to advocacy for 2014 totaled $1,654,588, including $679,260 worth of irs recognizable non-cash contributions.

awareness programs iava works to put new veterans at the center of the national media conversation, and build public understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities facing our community. Our goal is to connect the 99% of the population who have not served in iraq or afghanistan with the 1% who have. In 2014, iava leadership and members were featured widely in major media outlets in print, online, radio and network and cable tv. We estimate that throughout the year, media coverage of iava resulted in 5,450,784,469 impressions reaching a broad national audience. In addition, iava launched weve got your back: iavas campaign to combat suicide to highlight the critical importance of preventing veteran suicide and making mental health care a top priority. These efforts were supported by our extensive social media audience: in 2014 facebook followers surpassed the 500,000 and twitter saw the highest percentage of growth, increasing by 41 percent from 2013.

rapid response referral program (rrrp) to help veterans make the often-challenging transition into civilian life, this program provides veterans and their families with personalized case management and referral services in a range of areas including: health and mental health, employment, housing/homelessness, legal aid, and financial assistance. During 2014, the rrrp team provided one-on-one transition assistance to a total of 2,155 veterans and family members, providing them with nearly 2,400 referrals to external service providers and benefits. Nearly 30% of these referrals were related to financial needs, up nearly 200% over the previous year and indicative of a significant and growing need within the community.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 James204

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

They claim to be a non partisan group, yet leftout a candidate that appears of all 50 states ballots, and is very popular among the military.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Does not support the views of veterans. Does not answer public, when confronted about it. Board members publicly support presidential candidates of choice while shutting out opposing parties from a "non-partisan" forum

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

It is absolutely disgraceful for an organization that claims to represent veterans and military personnel to exclude the candidate most popular among them. Their biased, dishonest behavior is a testament to the fact that the two-party duopoly needs to end now.

10 Michael399

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

According to their own press release, veterans are often excluded, and ignored in this wild political forum. However, by not inviting Gary Johnson to debate, not only are veterans excluded and ignored, they are being force fed that this is how it has to be by an organization claiming to care for and assist them. This is no greater a service to the military community than the VA services, that have repeatedly failed to care for vets, and divulged PII through negligent mistakes. I for one can not support an organization that makes such preposterous claims with the inability to follow through regardless of what good they might accidently accomplish. #letgarydebate

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

For a "non partisan" organization to not include a candidate shown to be very popular with the group of people for whom you supposedly advocate in a town hall sponsored by the organization is disgraceful.

6 Pre V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's of America is hosting a Presidential forum in early September 2016 and excluding candidate Gary Johnson from the event. Thousands of veteran's have spoken up and said they want him on the stage, but the IAVA is refusing to acknowledge their concerns and refusing to put him there.

I was proud to be associated with such an organization, but no more!

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

If Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America wants to be taxed as a for-profit entity, they can select candidates they prefer without violating federal election laws (which require merely that the criteria be pre-established and objective), but they cannot select preferred candidates without violating the laws governing tax-exempt charities.

If Gary Johnson is not included as an equal candidate on the shared stage of the Sept 7th general election forum we demand that Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's tax exempt status be nullified.

#LetGaryDebate #OpFeelTheJohnson

Please sign this petition and share:

https://www.change.org/p/internal-revenue-service-revoke-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans-of-america-s-tax-exempt-status

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization does not represent the Iraq and Afghanistan vets at all (I am one). By choosing to exclude Gary Johnson they have shown that they have their own agenda, and don't care what we think.

9 Bob_106

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Scam vet organization. As an Iraq vet I can tell you they flat out ignore members they claim to represent. Don't support this group when there are many other good ones out there. This is an organization that is only in it for themselves.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

To exclude Gary Johnson, the number one candidate amongst veterans, just because he is not the number one for non-veterans is to literally say that our voices, our votes, and our opinions don't matter. You are ignoring us, and as a group that is supposed to support Iraq/Afghanistan vets, that's disheartening. I'm an OIF I-II veteran and I hate to give a 1 star review on a group that is helping veterans. Include Gary Johnson and I am more than happy to change this review, as I'm sure most vets are. Listen to our voices and who WE want, not who the civilians want. Aren't we the ones who are supposed to matter here?