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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

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

2 Daniel121

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They do NOT represent veterans! Do not donate!
Absolute garbage!!!!!!

4

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

3 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.

7 Alex55

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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!

6

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

8

Advisor

Rating: 1

Shame. Include all of the candidates or don't hold a forum. Separate isn't equal.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Ignores the voices of thousand upon thousands of veterans. Desperate for money, will do what ever it takes to get it.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They are a veteran's organization that clearly hates veteran's. The VA does not need competition. Why are you afraid of Gary?

4 Jackson J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Chooses to benefit itself over benefitting its members and representing their desires on a larger scale.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

6

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

7

Donor

Rating: 2

Does not listen to its members. Allows the political agenda of the board members to govern the actions of the entire membership.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

4 James201

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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