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.
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.
Shouldn't be a nonprofit. Not letting Gary Johnson into their forums!
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?
I have been a long standing Member of this Great Org. They have help me in so many way, from helping me write and resume, given me advise and just being there to listen when i need and ear. The rucksack is also wonderful I recieve a free suit and a few other thing I need to make life a little eazyer.
IAVA has really worked to help the student veterans at my school, UC Berkeley. They do so much to help us understand the GI BILL, have passed along great job opportunities and are currently helping us promote community service events.
I originally joined this organization hoping to have a resource for my generation of combat veteran much like the VVA. Unfortunately I found an organization more interested in counting me as a number on their roster and less about providing any sort of unique support. Outside of lobbying on Capitol Hill I saw no tangible efforts to provide services to veterans that were not being offered already, and more effectively, by other organizations.
After repeated attempts to have my name and contact information deleted from their records I am still being contacted and can only assume being inaccurately counted among their membership. This correspondence has been in the form of asking for donations that will support "programs" to help veterans without any mention of said program or what exactly is being done.
I also believe the way in witch they have framed their legislative accomplishments has been misleading. I was inundated with messages about how "IAVA did this" or "IAVA accomplished that" as if they were the only voice on the hill and other VNGO's such as the American Legion, VFW, VVA, and DVA were not involved.
I give the IAVA one star and questions their administrative practices and over all organization.