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.
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.
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.
Does not listen to its members. Allows the political agenda of the board members to govern the actions of the entire membership.
NOT standing up for and representing the veterans they claim to represent. Weak. #letgarydebate.
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.
Include Gary Johnson in the forum. He was the front runner in a poll of veterans and got 38% of the vote.
Unbelivable, its a cash cow and a political influence operation not a charity
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America provided me with the opportunity to lend soldiers and veterans a voice during a time when it was controversial to speak of these occupations in public, let alone in a public forum. Leading up to the 2006 midterm elections, IAVA answered my call when I sought to give IAVA soldiers/vets the opportunity to sit on panels of Democracy for America's Iraq War Forums throughout New Jersey. Back in 2005, they were nowhere near as large or recognizable as they have become today. After seeing a film with features IAVA, then known as Operation Truth, I worked to secure a screening at Rutgers which catalyzed a 30 campus tour through the Center for American Progress. My husband and I have donated to IAVA significantly because of the legislative and social advocacy work they continue to tangibly do for soldiers and vets of these wars. We both come from relatives who fought in wars past and although we do not have immediate family serving in these wars, we feel a great duty to lend awareness about these populations, their families, and give what we can to ensure they are supported. These people are part of our collective family as part of our great nation. I could not be more proud of the work IAVA continues to do.
I come from a military family and IAVA is absolutely amazing. Full stop. Growing up in South Texas and watching the Vietnam war on the evening news as a kid had a definite impact on my view of the military. I was too young to do anything to help those men and women that came home to a general public that did not understand what it meant and means to serve. Whatever your politics might be, I believe that you still honor the soldier and his or her sacrifice no matter what. IAVA and its' mission are long overdue in my estimation.
I had been struggling with ways to stay connected with issues facing returning members of the military. At the Veteran's Day Parade in NYC, I saw the IAVA shirts and went to their site. The site is remarkably detailed and gives you the option to receive alerts based on how often you would like to hear from them.
I think the challenge for any NPO, but especially IAVA, is that they are trying to communicate so much information at once. I think IAVA does a good job of presenting a lot of complex information in a digestible way.
My experience is that someone who goes to an NPO website wants to take immediate action. They want to know what they can do that day to start to help. IAVA has a great take action section. My one thought might be a tab for supporters that says, mission critical -- or the like -- for things that literally are immediate. Example: "Veterans in NY need ___ by next Tuesday". Something like this may exist because I rely on the alerts I have emailed to know immediate needs vs website.
The organize section provides very tangible action items for civilians to support.
I think the site is manageable and not confusing to use. It seems to have the end user in mind.
My heart broke when our troops went into Iraq and Afghanistan. I experience great sadness when a life is lost or forever damaged. This is why I have supported IAVA since its beginnings. Our troops deserve an organization that fights for them on every front and IAVA is there. Not everyone concerns themselves over these wars. Only those directly affected or strongly attentive seem to care . I feel proud to be able to be there for our troops, in what little way I can, to help IAVA continue to champion for our veterans of these unfortunate wars.
As an advocate for veterans and all of the multiple problems they face when they return to civilian life, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is one of the best. Their ability to lobby Congress is outstanding and tireless. Best of all, it is veterans working for veterans. The slogan 'We've Got Your Back' means just that.
Their daily blog keeps me aware of what is happening in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Military establishment, and Congress. That's more than I get from the media.
And any donation is followed by an acknowldegement. Your donation does not disappear into an organistional 'black hole'.
I would recommend this organization to any person who wishes to help those veterans who gave and sacrificed so much and have returned to both a painful and uncertain future.
I am so humbled by those willing to risk their lives for the rest of us. All of my dealings with IAVA (on the phone, via email) have been incredibly positive and I will continue my monthly donations to them as long as I am possibly able. I urge others to do the same - it is the least we can do for these incredible men and women.
I was looking for a charity to support that focused on the young people who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. This is the most proactive and best run option. I plan to continue to support them.
I first heard of IAVA when a castmember of a reality TV show marched with the IAVA in a Veterans Day parade in one of the episodes.
I then went to the IAVA web site to gain additional information on the organization. I was very impressed with its "mission statement" and thru email updates received from IAVA learned that it is an excellent organization to support. They are very agressive helping veteran's who seek their support and are on the "cutting edge" of using "social networking."
I have been moved by the sacrafices made by the men and women serving in OEF and OIF and want to make some small contribution to support them when their service is over. I believe that IAVA is in a perfect position to support these men and women as they return to life in the U.S