October 20, 2011
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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