Seven teams of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) members “Stormed the Hill,” meeting with Representatives and Senators. IAVA also met with White House officials representing President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The Veteran advocates voiced concerns about education benefits, unemployment, and other issues important to our service members, Veterans, and families.
IAVA’s advocacy continues generating significant national press coverage, including in The New York Times and MSNBC. Jim Dao at The New York Times blogged about IAVA’s survey of veterans, especially benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). IAVA’s “survey found that employment, mental health, disability benefits, health care, education (including the G.I. Bill), suicide and families — in that order — were the top concerns of the more than 4,200 members who responded.”
MSNBC’s coverage of new Veterans continues expanding. In the past week, MSNBC’s Kari Huus profiled the National Veterans Foundation’s efforts providing mental health assistance nationwide from their office in Los Angeles, Calif. MSNBC’s Stacy Lu highlighted significant problems our veterans face in the job market.
More than 2.3 million service members have deployed into war zones since 9/11. Among 1.5 million new war Veterans, more than 740,000 received medical care filed disability compensation benefit claims from VA.