Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
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|Type||War veterans organization|
|Purpose||"IAVA's mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans."|
|Headquarters||New York, New York|
Founder and CEO
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), is a post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO), founded by Paul Rieckhoff.
On November 18, 2015, IAVA celebrated the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. This legislation permanently extended the World Trade Center Health Program and September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
IAVA members campaigned for 18 months to combat veteran suicide. On Feb. 12, 2015, their efforts paid off when the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act was signed into law by President Obama at a ceremony at the White House.
IAVA shepherded passage of the New GI Bill in 2008, was instrumental in getting Advanced Appropriations signed into law in 2009, made critical advances in VA Disability Reform in 2010, was a major player in passing the Vow to Hire Heroes Act in 2011 and is focused on defending attacks to the New GI Bill in 2012.
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