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.
They do NOT represent veterans! Do not donate!
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!
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.
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.
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.
IAVA neglected to invite Gov. Gary Johnson to their debate even though he is the highest polling candidate among active military. Bad decision.
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.
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.
A partisan organization that doesn't represent veterans of any war, but operates to funnel money to its preferred candidates.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America doesn't care about Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Let Gary debate!
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
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.
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.