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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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?
IAVA is a veterans’ educational organization that happens to provide the most relevant and valuable services to the current generation of veterans and the public: a. the television and radio ad program that was the first to impact the general public and educate them on the issue of veteran isolation; b. effective advocacy for the current veterans that lead the traditional veteran service organizations in “airing the dirty laundry about the poor capacity and performance of our military transitions process, the claims process, and veterans mental health care programs” resulting in increased congressional oversight and improvements; c. education of the public on the “real unemployment rate” of our young veterans versus an original erroneous report done by Department of Labor that motivated the US Chamber of Commerce to act; and d. the development of outreach programs for young veterans based on their dominant mode and methods of communication, cyberspace. I’ve been a long time member and leader in the older veterans organizations that provide dying NCO and officer club type venues and “command structures” that caused these clubs to fail on our posts/bases, because younger generations does not relate to them. Presidents and Governors seem to have selected lots of government appointees from the older organizations, yet the organizations didn’t seem effective in engaging the public about what needed to be done until IAVA stood up. Entrepreneurship training/boot camps, corporate employment development, and membership surveys using quantitative methods to determine issues versus the good ole boys . . . leading change is how IAVA has impacted the sector.
I think IAVA does a wonderful job of lobbying and marketing, but their organizational structure is flawed. They seem to have no elected leadership, but they play in the veteran membership space which is largely dominated by member-based organization that elect some portion of their leadership. However, they claim to be the go-to organization on all issues related to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. That is a little suspect to me: no elected officers in your membership based organization? Who votes on the policy issues? You folks are also missing a core component: Programs and Services. You are a young org so you have some work to do, but that's ok. Good effort all around.
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