In August 2016, US citizens were upset that IAVA was not including Presidential candidate, Gov. Gary Johnson in their upcoming September 7th presidential forum; a forum which CEO Paul Reikhoff professed as a voice for otherwise voiceless veterans.
In order to be heard, reviews (often accompanied with 1 star ratings), began flooding the IAVA Facebook page. It reached approximately 13,000 reviews and a 1.7 star average company rating before, in what was considered a cowardice and self-serving move to many, IAVA hid their reviews and ratings. This move was made following the forum event during the evening of September 7th.
While promoting his company all throughout the IAVA forum event, he continued to ignore the ever-growing angry voices of the very people he was claiming to represent. The only public acknowledgement that Paul gave of these thousands of veterans' voices was when he blasted them in social media as "trolls" and "haters".
There is a picture circulating of Paul wearing a Bronze star and another piece indicating that he was actively (or previously) part of a Special Unit. These distinguishments are still in question by the public.
IAVA does NOT represent their veteran members. We veterans told them, overwhelmingly, to include Gary Johnson in September 7th event. IAVA chose to ignore us veterans and even insult us. If you support veterans or are a veteran yourself, DO NOT donate to this corrupt organization.
They do NOT represent veterans! Do not donate!
For an organization representing the veterans, they do not represent the veterans political views. They leave out the only candidate from their debate with a clear understanding of not sending more troops to war, and silence opposition to their decisions. Their reviews section is suspiciously hidden now on facebook. This organization is a joke.
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.
Contrary to their mission statement, the IAVA has failed miserably in representing the 21st Century Servicemember, the organization was founded to give a voice to veterans, yet their willful disregard and later insults to our collective ire has, shown this organization to be a fraud to those values. They do not represent anyone other than their own agenda.
The Veteran and Active military communities have spoken with resounding unity and clarity. We wanted Gov. Gary Johnson on the stage and included in the Commander-in-Chief Forum, the IAVA however did not.
Gary Johnson is the voice of thousands of veterans. Why deny vets the chance to hear his message? Put Gary in the REAL Presidential forum and I will change my rating!
40% of vets prefer Johnson this election. Instead of listening to vets, and allowing Gary Johnson to speak at the same Commander in Chief forum as Clinton and Trump, IAVA declined and pointed the blame finger at NBC. I believe the bias media played a huge role in the suppression. However, IAVA chose to play dirty politics along with NBC... One of the 5 entities given the power to poll. Cheat much? When Johnson supporters complained about the bias, Paul Reickhoff called them "haters" and "trolls". No more donations from me and my generous USN family, IAVA.
Shame. Include all of the candidates or don't hold a forum. Separate isn't equal.
Ignores the voices of thousand upon thousands of veterans. Desperate for money, will do what ever it takes to get it.
They are a veteran's organization that clearly hates veteran's. The VA does not need competition. Why are you afraid of Gary?
Chooses to benefit itself over benefitting its members and representing their desires on a larger scale.
Despite the IAVA website's claim to: "...partner with all those who share our commitment to this generation of veterans—whether they’re Democrat, Republican, or independent [emphasis added]" the IAVA did not extend an invite to Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in their upcoming Commander-in-Chief Forum. He is the only candidate on the ballot in all 50 states who was not included.
A recent poll involving active duty soldiers in the U.S. military indicated that Johnson is currently the preferred candidate by members of the military (38.7% chose Johnson versus 30.9% for Trump and 14.1% for Hilary). This poll was conducted via the popular military personality Doctrine Man and was widely publicized, especially in military publications such as the Military Times.
I do not believe that the IAVA is truly representing the veterans it claims to support by excluding Johnson from these debates. As a testament to the frustration IAVA's supporters are experiencing do to this unfair selection, simply view their Facebook page, which is currently overrun with angry comments and has plunged from a close to 5 star page rating to one with a 2.4 (and declining). The page's likes have plunged by around 25,000. Many of IAVA's sponsors and donor organizations have reached out to IAVA to advocate on these veterans behalf. Despite this, the IAVA has continued to ignore the voices of those it claims to support.
First they ignore the voices of veterans by denying Gary Johnson, active/veteran soldier presidential favorite, access to their debate. Now they're trying to sweep it under the rug. A spit in the eye to our troops everywhere.
They claim to be non partisan, but this is not true. They do not listen to the people they claim to represent. Instead of facing and answering backlash for their actions, they shut down the offices and went offline.
Does not listen to its members. Allows the political agenda of the board members to govern the actions of the entire membership.
You claim to have the veterans best interest in mind, yet you snub the leading candidate among active duty members of the military. Shame on you.
Your organization, which claims to represent veterans, is a joke. You exclude the leading candidate in military polls from your debate, which reflects how you do NOT represent our veterans. And for one of your board members to openly endorse Clinton before removing his post shows obvious bias in excluding Gary Johnson, the preferred candidate among our Military. Not only does he rank 1st in military polls, but he is on the ballot in all 50 states, making him more than eligible for your event.
A partisan organization who claims to advocate rights for veterans, but doesn't value their opinions. Shameful. You are part of the problem, not the solution.
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