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Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America Inc

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.iava.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans.

Main Programs

  1. Education Program
  2. Health Program
  3. Employment Program
  4. Community Program
  5. Leadership Development Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

IAVA serves the veterans' community nationally.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Mr. Paul Rieckhoff

Keywords

Self-reported

Iraq, Afghanistan, Veterans, Troops

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Also Known As

IAVA

EIN

20-1664531

 Number

6903783187

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Domestic National Security (includes Military and Defense Issues) (Q43)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for new veterans, with over 425,000 members and supporters nationwide. IAVA is a 21st Century veterans' organization dedicated to standing with the 2.4 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives.

IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities. We work toward this vision through programs in four key impact areas: supporting new veterans in Health, Education, Employment and building a lasting Community for vets and their families (HEEC).

We create impact in these critical areas through assistance to vets and their families, raising awareness about issues facing our community and advocating for supportive policy from the federal to the local level.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education Program

IAVA’s programs empower and support our community both online and
offline, expand our reach and sustain our organization to make a deeper
and lasting impact on veterans and their families for years to come. Our
programs are scalable, flexible and durable to make a positive
influence on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in an ever-changing landscape
of support and public awareness.
 
Education Support Programs:With hundreds of thousands of new veterans headed back to school under the New GI Bill, IAVA provides them the tools and support needed to make informed decisions. Over 560,000 veterans have already visited NewGIBill.org(http://newgibill.org) and used our innovative New GI Bill calculator to calculate their benefits and get one-on-one support from our New GI Bill experts on staff.
IAVA has also partnered with companies like Veritas Prep to provide scholarships(http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2012/02/50-iava-member-veterans-receive-veritas-prep-scholarships/) to our members for college test preparation courses to support them through every stage of the education process.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

Program 2

Health Program

IAVA’s programs empower and support our community both online and offline, expand our reach and sustain our organization to make a deeper and lasting impact on veterans and their families for years to come. Our programs are scalable, flexible and durable to make a positive influence on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in an ever-changing landscape of support and public awareness.
Health Programs: We know how hard going to, and coming back from, war can be. So IAVA makes it a priority to ensure that both mental and physical health needs are being effectively addressed in our community.
IAVA has connected more than 20,000 veterans with mental health support through our programs and referrals to best in class service providers. We recently announced a partnership(http://iava.org/blog/iava-partners-veterans-crisis-line) with the Veterans Crisis Line to help our members in their toughest times of need. The partnership will provide a direct support line for IAVA members and our staff. And that means no waiting, no bureaucracy and saving more lives.

IAVA is also focused on the health of military families. Recently, IAVA helped spearhead passage(http://iava.org/success-story/iava-helps-spearhead-passage-caregivers-veterans-omnibus-health-services-act-2010)  of the Caregivers Act to help our nation's full-time caregivers for wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

Program 3

Employment Program

IAVA’s programs empower and support our community both online and offline, expand our reach and sustain our organization to make a deeper and lasting impact on veterans and their families for years to come. Our programs are scalable, flexible and durable to make a positive influence on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in an ever-changing landscape of support and public awareness.
 
Employment Programs:No veteran should come home from Iraq or Afghanistan to an unemployment check. And to fight shockingly high joblessness rates, IAVA has stepped up in a variety of ways through our Combat to Career(http://iava.org/combat2career) initiative. This offers groundbreaking resources to our members, like providing 6,000 free business suits(http://iava.org/blog/jcpenney-and-iava-honor-over-6000-returning-vets-new-apparel) to veterans, helping hundreds of them navigate the job market at Smart Job Fairs(http://iava.org/first-annual-fleet-week-smart-job-fair) and providing critical training to vets through Google Resume Workshops(http://iava.org/blog/google-steps-new-veterans) .
IAVA is also a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill. In 2011, when Washington was in a stalemate, we led the way to pass the Vow to Hire Heroes Act, our top legislative priority. This bill helped over 200,000 unemployed veterans during one of the worst economic situations in decades.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

Program 4

Community Program

IAVA’s programs empower and support our community both online and offline, expand our reach and sustain our organization to make a deeper and lasting impact on veterans and their families for years to come. Our programs are scalable, flexible and durable to make a positive influence on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in an ever-changing landscape of support and public awareness.
 
Community Programs:Less than 1% of the country served in Iraq and Afghanistan – a stark contrast to the 12% that served during WWII. Building community, both online and on-the-ground, is a critical factor in fulfilling our mission, which means bridging geographical divides to create a united, supported and proud movement of new veterans. IAVA built Community of Veterans (CoV)(http://iava.communityofveterans.org) to be the first and largest online social network exclusively for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. CoV, which can be accessed only by paperwork-confirmed veterans, has message boards, affinity groups and resources for over 20,000 confirmed members currently inside.
On the ground – IAVA had over 350 local events in 2011 – bringing veterans together in their local areas in unprecedented numbers. We made this happen by building The Rucksack(http://therucksack.org) , a groundbreaking online platform that connects our members with products, services and experiences – all for free. We have already given away over 25,000 rewards. From Sierra Club wilderness expeditions(http://rucksack.iava.org/dc_RewardDetails?giveid=a0QC0000005TKDrMAO) to tickets for LA Dodgers games(http://iava.org/success-story/iava-miller-kick-high-life-campaign-la-dodgers) , IAVA is bringing our community together in innovative and new ways.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

Program 5

Leadership Development Program

IAVA’s programs empower and support our community both online and offline, expand our reach and sustain our organization to make a deeper and lasting impact on veterans and their families for years to come. Our programs are scalable, flexible and durable to make a positive influence on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in an ever-changing landscape of support and public awareness.
 
Leadership Development Programs: IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of vets who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their communities. Through a variety of ways, IAVA guides vets into leadership roles to show the country that we are the New Greatest Generation. Since 2006, IAVA has brought over 120 Member Veterans from across the country to Washington, DC for Storm the Hill(http://iava.org/stormthehill) . Through meeting with top lawmakers and officials on Capitol Hill, we advocate for veterans’ issues and share our own unique stories with our country’s leaders.
IAVA strives to develop our members into leaders in their communities by teaching them how to organize locally, like with Veterans Week(http://iava.org/blog/coast-coast-iava-celebrates-veterans-day-2011) events across the country.
We also encourage them to be influencers. IAVA knows the value of our members’ personal stories – and know that the country needs to hear them. And that’s why we train leaders across the country to be IAVA spokespeople(http://iava.org/press-room) . From CNN(http://iava.org/press-room/press-coverage/cnn-paul-rieckhoff-suicides) to FOX News(http://iava.org/press-room/press-coverage/fox-news-trooper-trailblazer) , and from The New York Times(http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/us/28veterans.html?_r=2) to TIME Magazine(http://iava.org/time) , IAVA is leading from the front to make sure that our issues stay front and center in the media.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

IAVA serves the veterans' community nationally.

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IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Mr. Paul Rieckhoff

BIO

Paul Rieckhoff is the Executive Director and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1998 and served a tour of duty in Iraq lasting from April 2003 to February 2004. During that time, Paul was a 1st Lieutenant, and served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in the 3rd Infantry and 1st Armored Divisions. Paul's Platoon conducted over 1,000 dismounted and mounted combat patrols, and was centered in the Adamiyah section of central Baghdad.

Prior to going to Iraq, Paul worked as a high school football coach and an Investment Banking Analyst on Wall Street. Paul received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Amherst College and continues to serve his country as a 1st Lieutenant and Detachment Commander in the New York Army National Guard.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jim Hirschmann

Western Asset Management

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