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Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America Inc
July 23, 2012

There is a need for this organization because, let's face it, some of the other military organizations are not able to focus on the needs of this generation of veterans, whose views are often different from older veterans simply because of generational differences. However, when I see a headquarters in NYC and gala event invites with $500/ticket minimums (NYC gala) I become suspicious. Yes, the money will go toward lobbying etc in Washington DC but why would you HQ an organization in NYC with high costs and salaries unless there was something very vet-specific about NYC? Why not DC? I have seen too many nonprofits that seemed to be more about A-list parties (SLDN comes to mind) that funded more fundraising and salaries than provided actual services. IAVA is a needed voice in DC but they certainly weren't the only or strongest voices on recent legislative victories. Again, I think they're a much needed voice (my spouse served in Afghanistan) but explain to me why the NYC headquarters and, as another person noted, no elected officers of the organization to ensure it represents its membership views.

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