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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

4

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.

3 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.

4 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.

8 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.

6

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!

7

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.

9

Advisor

Rating: 1

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

6

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.

6

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?

5 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.

5

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.

8

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.

7

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.

8

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.

7

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.

5

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.

5 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

4 Grant S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

IAVA declined to invite Governor Gary Johnson to the commander in chief forum. This is ridiculous. how dare you utilize political motivation to prevent an opinion from being spoken. Especially one where over 10% of the electorate is voting for and >60% want in the general debates.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

IAVA neglected to invite Gov. Gary Johnson to their debate even though he is the highest polling candidate among active military. Bad decision.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Shame on iava for refusing to invite libertarian candidate Gov. Gary Johnson to the debate. As a former service member, I'm deeply troubled that this organization ignores the wishes of those it claims to advocate/ support.

7 Bijan S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They claim to be non partisan, but they are really allied with the democratic establishment. I am disappointed that they excluded gary johnson from the presidential forum they are holding. Gary johnson is the peace candidate in this race. He also is leading in polls among veterans and active duty. By excluding him they are going against their own mission.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

A partisan organization that doesn't represent veterans of any war, but operates to funnel money to its preferred candidates.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America doesn't care about Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Let Gary debate!

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

It is absolutely disgraceful for an organization that claims to represent veterans and military personnel to exclude the candidate most popular among them. Their biased, dishonest behavior is a testament to the fact that the two-party duopoly needs to end now.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

According to their own press release, veterans are often excluded, and ignored in this wild political forum. However, by not inviting Gary Johnson to debate, not only are veterans excluded and ignored, they are being force fed that this is how it has to be by an organization claiming to care for and assist them. This is no greater a service to the military community than the VA services, that have repeatedly failed to care for vets, and divulged PII through negligent mistakes. I for one can not support an organization that makes such preposterous claims with the inability to follow through regardless of what good they might accidently accomplish. #letgarydebate

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

IAVA doesn't represent the veterans anymore. They refused to listen to vets and their voices to include other candidates in their forum. Instead of addressing the issue and actually respond to all the concerned veterans, they closed their offices and ignored the same veterans they claimed to represent. They claimed to be the voice of the veterans that are often ignored. It's extremely disrespectful to ignore and benefit from the very people who put their lives on the line for this country. IAVA claims to be non-partisan so they can get the tax exempt status. All the actions that they have taken so far are NOT non-partisan. Even the board members have been vocal about supporting Hillary. Then, they delete all their incriminating evidence that would suggest otherwise. It's a big spit to the face to all the vets that IAVA would go out of their way to ignore the majority of the vets in their group and send affiliates to insult people online about fighting for a fair debate/forum. Just look at their facebook ratings right now. It went from 4.9 to 2.4 within a day and dropping. Veterans have spoken loudly and taken action against IAVA. IAVA's sponsors have been vocal too to for the inclusion of a 3rd voice on that stage. Still , no response. Please revoke their tax exempt status.

10 Michael399

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

According to their own press release, veterans are often excluded, and ignored in this wild political forum. However, by not inviting Gary Johnson to debate, not only are veterans excluded and ignored, they are being force fed that this is how it has to be by an organization claiming to care for and assist them. This is no greater a service to the military community than the VA services, that have repeatedly failed to care for vets, and divulged PII through negligent mistakes. I for one can not support an organization that makes such preposterous claims with the inability to follow through regardless of what good they might accidently accomplish. #letgarydebate

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Biased organization pushing their own agenda. Won't let Gary Johnson debate despite the fact he polls the highest of all three candidates amoung active duty personnel.

7 Tyler T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

To only invite 2 of the 3 candidates on the ballot in all 50 states is sad. Many of its members have made it clear that they want Gary Johnson at the forum. They are not nonpartisan, they are bipartisan.They do not represent the views of many of their members.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Group claims to be nonpartisan but caters to Republican and Democratic parties. This is not a nonpartisan organization and its tax exempt status should be revoked.

9

Client Served

Rating: 1

Shouldn't be a nonprofit. Not letting Gary Johnson into their forums!

9

Donor

Rating: 1

NOT standing up for and representing the veterans they claim to represent. Weak. #letgarydebate.

11 Iain S.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

It's disturbing to see the IAVA refuse to lend a voice to a non-interventionalist candidate who polls highest with Veterans.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

For a "non partisan" organization to not include a candidate shown to be very popular with the group of people for whom you supposedly advocate in a town hall sponsored by the organization is disgraceful.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization professes to lobby on behalf of veterans across the country. When they have the opportunity to have provide a stage to multiple voices contending to be Commander In Chief, they follow the money and exclude a candidate who advocates to bring troops home, who a majority of active duty troops support; in favor of their board members supported candidate. This organization has become a scam, and no longer represents those they claim to.

9 Brandon29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Its sad to see the founder's political beliefs interfere with the supposed non-partisan charity

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It's disturbing to see the IAVA refuse to lend a voice to a non-interventionalist candidate.

8 Maria161

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am appalled by IAVA's choice to not invite Gov Gary Johnson to the upcoming presidential forum on Sep 7th, when so many veterans like myself are really looking forward to hearing what Gov Johnson has to say about the many issues that affect us personally. This is a complete disservice to the very population they claim to represent!!

7 Christopher80

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Let Johnson debate! The IAVA's behavior to ignore everyone's outcry (us vets included) is means to abolish this organization to start a new.

6 Pre V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's of America is hosting a Presidential forum in early September 2016 and excluding candidate Gary Johnson from the event. Thousands of veteran's have spoken up and said they want him on the stage, but the IAVA is refusing to acknowledge their concerns and refusing to put him there.

I was proud to be associated with such an organization, but no more!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization refuses to acknowledge the needs and desires of the community they claim to represent. They have done this by refusing to allow the highest polling candidate among military members and veterans, Gary Johnson, into their forum. As a veteran, I find this action deplorable.

7 Ryan72

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They claim to represent vets, yet ignore them when it comes to who they want to represent them

8 Greg73

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Let Johnson on stage! What are you afraid of? Common Sense? Someone who our troops support!!!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

An organization that claims to represent our military members who excludes their preferred candidate from their Commander-in-Chief forum. This is politics as usual in my opinion. The IAVA has not corrected their stance or offered any solution. So one can only assume that they were either paid off or threatened by the Democrat and Republican parties, or they are being partisan. Regardless of their reasoning, they are not living up to their self-proclaimed moral obligation to provide a voice for our troops, and therefore, deserve to lose their nonprofit tax-exempt status.

9 Dylan7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is not a non partisan lobbyist group. This is strictly for the Clinton administration and that is NOT okay.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

If Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America wants to be taxed as a for-profit entity, they can select candidates they prefer without violating federal election laws (which require merely that the criteria be pre-established and objective), but they cannot select preferred candidates without violating the laws governing tax-exempt charities.

If Gary Johnson is not included as an equal candidate on the shared stage of the Sept 7th general election forum we demand that Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's tax exempt status be nullified.

#LetGaryDebate #OpFeelTheJohnson

Please sign this petition and share:

https://www.change.org/p/internal-revenue-service-revoke-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans-of-america-s-tax-exempt-status

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization does not represent the Iraq and Afghanistan vets at all (I am one). By choosing to exclude Gary Johnson they have shown that they have their own agenda, and don't care what we think.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

IAVA claims its mission is to empower veterans; if this is truly the case, why would they host a forum for presidential candidates without inviting the leading candidate among military members? If IAVA does not invite Johnson, they are actively suppressing the voices of a large portion of their members - a direct contradiction to their stated mission.
I hope that this is not their intention and that they will seriously consider inviting Johnson to the forum.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They fail to recognize Veteran and active duty wishes by excluding the top polling candidate from their forum, Gary Johnson.

6

Donor

Rating: 1

If your charity is supposed to be an advocate for soldiers and you ignore those soldiers wishes in your debate, you don't deserve my money.

7 Jared F.

Client Served

Rating: 1

How can you properly represent active duty military members and veterans if you won't include the candidate everyone wants to see in your Commander in Chief forum?

5 April76

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am extremely disappointed that Gary Johnson has not been invited to the presidential forum. Furthermore, the lack of response from the IAVA is cowardly and totally unacceptable!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

IAVA purports to be a nonpartisan organization as all non profits have to be. However, in not including Gary Johnson and Jill stein in their upcoming Vic forum or on their website voters guide, they are abjectly acting in a partisan manner towards the two major parties. In addition, they refuse to address the concerns of members and donors in regards to this choosing instead to ignore them.

7 Gabriel W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I'm not impressed with the decision to exclude Gary Johnson from the Commander-in-Chief Forum. I'm even less impressed with the decision to remain silent despite the overwhelming response from its members, veterans, active duty military, and other likeminded individuals requesting that former Governor Johnson be included. There is an irreconcilable discrepancy between IAVA's claim to be the leading veteran empowerment organization and their glaring failure even to acknowledge an issue this important to the men and women who served in our armed forces. In fact, given how passionately the veteran community has rallied around the Johnson/Weld campaign, IAVA has made a case through their inaction to be the leading veteran emasculation organization. I can only conclude that Hillary, Trump, or both have either paid IAVA to exclude Gary Johnson or stipulated that their appearance is contingent upon his absence. I hope the attention this draws will ultimately expose the backroom dealings that are preventing an honest man from encroaching upon the Republicrat duopoly and depriving the military community from advancing their preferred candidate. Shame on you, IAVA.

9 Bob_106

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Scam vet organization. As an Iraq vet I can tell you they flat out ignore members they claim to represent. Don't support this group when there are many other good ones out there. This is an organization that is only in it for themselves.

9

Donor

Rating: 1

Include Gary Johnson in the forum. He was the front runner in a poll of veterans and got 38% of the vote.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

While it is appreciated that this organization is hosting a presidential forum; it is inappropriate for them not to invite Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, for two reasons: First, he is a viable candidate as he is on the ballot in all 50 states; second, and more importantly, he is the first choice for president of active military members based on recent professional and objective polling. Why would this veteran organization fail to invite the military's preferred choice of presidential candidate, when that candidate is a major, viable candidate?

8 arthur.wright

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Active military and veterans have spoken, and their top choice for president is Gary Johnson. He isn't just up there with Clinton and Trump, he is beating them in polls of the very people the IAVA claims to support. Gary is also on the ballot in all 50 states, is a former two-term governor, and us very much a serious candidate.

The IAVA is aware of this information and has still deliberately chosen to exclude him from their upcoming town hall. They should be ashamed to so blatantly disregard the voice of Active Military and Veterans, especially since these citizens are supposed to be the IAVA's priority.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

To exclude Gary Johnson, the number one candidate amongst veterans, just because he is not the number one for non-veterans is to literally say that our voices, our votes, and our opinions don't matter. You are ignoring us, and as a group that is supposed to support Iraq/Afghanistan vets, that's disheartening. I'm an OIF I-II veteran and I hate to give a 1 star review on a group that is helping veterans. Include Gary Johnson and I am more than happy to change this review, as I'm sure most vets are. Listen to our voices and who WE want, not who the civilians want. Aren't we the ones who are supposed to matter here?

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Gary Johnson is currently polling highest with military, however the IAVA chooses to ignore the wishes of our brave men and women for their own partisan interests. Absolutely disgusting.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It is unacceptable that you have excluded Governor Johnson from your forum.