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: 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
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Rating: 5 stars  

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America provided me with the opportunity to lend soldiers and veterans a voice during a time when it was controversial to speak of these occupations in public, let alone in a public forum. Leading up to the 2006 midterm elections, IAVA answered my call when I sought to give IAVA soldiers/vets the opportunity to sit on panels of Democracy for America's Iraq War Forums throughout New Jersey. Back in 2005, they were nowhere near as large or recognizable as they have become today. After seeing a film with features IAVA, then known as Operation Truth, I worked to secure a screening at Rutgers which catalyzed a 30 campus tour through the Center for American Progress. My husband and I have donated to IAVA significantly because of the legislative and social advocacy work they continue to tangibly do for soldiers and vets of these wars. We both come from relatives who fought in wars past and although we do not have immediate family serving in these wars, we feel a great duty to lend awareness about these populations, their families, and give what we can to ensure they are supported. These people are part of our collective family as part of our great nation. I could not be more proud of the work IAVA continues to do.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I come from a military family and IAVA is absolutely amazing. Full stop. Growing up in South Texas and watching the Vietnam war on the evening news as a kid had a definite impact on my view of the military. I was too young to do anything to help those men and women that came home to a general public that did not understand what it meant and means to serve. Whatever your politics might be, I believe that you still honor the soldier and his or her sacrifice no matter what. IAVA and its' mission are long overdue in my estimation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have friends who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and know IAVA's work through their experience

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not at this time.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Veterans health issues

Why did you make your donation at this time?

My brothers and sisters served in the military and I wanted to give back.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Already do that!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had been struggling with ways to stay connected with issues facing returning members of the military. At the Veteran's Day Parade in NYC, I saw the IAVA shirts and went to their site. The site is remarkably detailed and gives you the option to receive alerts based on how often you would like to hear from them.

I think the challenge for any NPO, but especially IAVA, is that they are trying to communicate so much information at once. I think IAVA does a good job of presenting a lot of complex information in a digestible way.
My experience is that someone who goes to an NPO website wants to take immediate action. They want to know what they can do that day to start to help. IAVA has a great take action section. My one thought might be a tab for supporters that says, mission critical -- or the like -- for things that literally are immediate. Example: "Veterans in NY need ___ by next Tuesday". Something like this may exist because I rely on the alerts I have emailed to know immediate needs vs website.
The organize section provides very tangible action items for civilians to support.
I think the site is manageable and not confusing to use. It seems to have the end user in mind.

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Key details about what is happening. Since we have gone to war there has been a gap in the people in our country who served(serving). The results I have experienced allow me to engage in my VERY civilian life with more meaningful information about what our Veterans are facing as they come home. By receiving daily emails it is hard to not have a very elementary understanding of what is happening.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am curious if there are more opportunities for a "volunteer drive" or something like this. A chance to engage unsuspecting supporters. I live in NYC and my thought would be maybe a street canvasing program. Send out organizers to sign people up at farmers markets, or just stop people on the street. "Do you have time to support our Veterans". They make a $5 donation (or more), names, emails, etc go into data base and possibly you have gained more volunteers for future lobby projects, etc.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

My heart broke when our troops went into Iraq and Afghanistan. I experience great sadness when a life is lost or forever damaged. This is why I have supported IAVA since its beginnings. Our troops deserve an organization that fights for them on every front and IAVA is there. Not everyone concerns themselves over these wars. Only those directly affected or strongly attentive seem to care . I feel proud to be able to be there for our troops, in what little way I can, to help IAVA continue to champion for our veterans of these unfortunate wars.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My sons have benefited from the enhancements to the GI bill.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage it to be louder and more visible to the general public. Make sure the faces of those who died and those injured in the Afghanistan war are acknowledged by TV and newspapers, as the Iraq war troops were.

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Recognizing and working for the needs of the vets from these wars.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I make a monthly donation to help with IAVA's work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As an advocate for veterans and all of the multiple problems they face when they return to civilian life, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is one of the best. Their ability to lobby Congress is outstanding and tireless. Best of all, it is veterans working for veterans. The slogan 'We've Got Your Back' means just that.
Their daily blog keeps me aware of what is happening in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Military establishment, and Congress. That's more than I get from the media.
And any donation is followed by an acknowldegement. Your donation does not disappear into an organistional 'black hole'.
I would recommend this organization to any person who wishes to help those veterans who gave and sacrificed so much and have returned to both a painful and uncertain future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through this organization I have come to be more aware of the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. I have used this knowledge to write to the President and Congress on behalf of these veterans and their needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would do nothing. They know better than I do what are the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Some entity has to respond to the multiple needs of these men and women. The military is not exactly doing a stellar job. We went into both wars not thinking about the consequences and how those consequences would be met.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so humbled by those willing to risk their lives for the rest of us. All of my dealings with IAVA (on the phone, via email) have been incredibly positive and I will continue my monthly donations to them as long as I am possibly able. I urge others to do the same - it is the least we can do for these incredible men and women.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my dealings with their members on the phone. Excellent customer service and a very positive experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot think of any changes I would make.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was looking for a charity to support that focused on the young people who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. This is the most proactive and best run option. I plan to continue to support them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The many legislative battles they've fought and won.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...not change a thing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard of IAVA when a castmember of a reality TV show marched with the IAVA in a Veterans Day parade in one of the episodes.
I then went to the IAVA web site to gain additional information on the organization. I was very impressed with its "mission statement" and thru email updates received from IAVA learned that it is an excellent organization to support. They are very agressive helping veteran's who seek their support and are on the "cutting edge" of using "social networking."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My only experience with this organization is to make $$ donations, read all of their daily updates and tell friends/relatives about the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

From my perspective I cannot recommend any changes to this organization. Although I do not have any ideas of how to do it, involving non-IAVA vets may be of some help.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I feel that many people are totally indifferent to the needs/problems faced by the IAVA veteran

Why did you make your donation at this time?

jUst to continue my support

What would you tell others about this organization?

I tell them it is a "lean and mean" organization that aggressively helps returning IAVA veterans.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been moved by the sacrafices made by the men and women serving in OEF and OIF and want to make some small contribution to support them when their service is over. I believe that IAVA is in a perfect position to support these men and women as they return to life in the U.S

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing thet work it has done to advocate for the needs of our returning service men and women. I especially appreciate efforts made to highlight mental health needs of returning vets and the risk of suicide.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm sorry that the work it does is not more widely acknowledged.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm happy with what you do, but I am disappointed in my own state of Wisconsin and their refusal to spend money to prevent suicides!

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