Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to improving the lives of new veterans and their families.

Through innovative health, education, advocacy and community programs, IAVA strives to create a country which honors and supports its newest generation of vets and their loved ones.

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Petitioning Republican National Committee

Urge DNC and RNC to Focus Presidential Candidates on Military and Veterans Issues

As America marks 14 years of war in Afghanistan and new threats in Iraq, Syria and beyond, the 2.8 million veterans who served in the Middle East are still waiting to be heard by the 2016 presidential candidates. During the first two GOP debates, veterans were mentioned in a few throw-away lines, while questions about the candidates' personal appearances took center stage. As the DNC debates kick off, the post-9/11 veteran community will no longer stand on the sidelines while our issues are ignored. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) members call on presidential candidates from both parties to tell veterans how they plan to address the critical issues they face every day. Important issues -- such as mental health care, how to transform the VA into a 21st Century organization, protecting the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and improving women’s health care at VA facilities -- need to be addressed. Please join IAVA in urging the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC) to dedicate an upcoming Presidential Debate to veterans and military issues. IAVA believes that in doing so, the American people will better understand how each candidate will take care of those who have served the highest calling in our nation. Those seeking our nation’s highest office must show both their credentials for serving as Commander in Chief of the world’s strongest military force, and their commitment to leading those in need after they come home. Unfortunately, so far, neither party's candidates have put forth policy platforms or plans of actions for veterans. They can and they must do better. Use the power of your voice and sign IAVA’s petition calling for the DNC and RNC to hold military and veteran focused debates and show the candidates that Americans, veterans and civilians alike will not stand on the sidelines while our men and women who served are ignored.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
2,061 supporters