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Posted in Uncategorized by simpletruthiness on January 28, 2009

Congressional Testimony Launches IAVA’s 2009 Legislative Agenda

CONTACT: Chrissy Stevens (212) 982-9699 or


Congressional Testimony Launches IAVA’s 2009 Legislative Agenda
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NEW YORK – Tomorrow, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan group for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, will introduce its 2009 Legislative Agenda before the United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. The agenda addresses the most critical issues facing the newest generation of veterans. IAVA’s Director of Government Affairs, Iraq veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Todd Bowers, will testify to present IAVA’s 2009 Legislative Agenda publicly for the first time. The hearing is tomorrow, January 28th at 9:30AM (ET), in Room 418 of the Russell Senate Office Building. The event is OPEN to the media and will stream live online at: .

IAVA’s 2009 Legislative Agenda introduces a comprehensive plan to address challenges facing new veterans. Priorities include ensuring better screening for invisible injuries such as PTSD and TBI, providing advance funding for veterans’ health care, ending the passive culture within the VA, prioritizing veterans in the stimulus package, and ensuring correct implementation of the new GI Bill.

“2009 will be crucial year for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, especially those who are returning from war only to bear the brunt of the economic crisis. IAVA’s Legislative Agenda gives Congress a clear plan of action that ensures our returning servicemembers get the heroes’ welcome they deserve,” said IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff. “We thank the Senate VA Committee for seeking our expertise on these issues, and we look forward to working with Congress and the President to improve the lives of our troops, veterans, and their families.”

Bowers’ testimony will outline the 2009 Legislative Agenda and IAVA’s recent initiatives; including the landmark Public Service Advertising (PSA) campaign with the Ad Council. All members of Congress will have the opportunity to learn more about the Agenda in two weeks when IAVA brings a delegation of veterans to Washington, DC to visit Congressional Offices as part of IAVA’s fourth annual “Storm the Hill” campaign.

“People on both sides of the aisle need to put politics aside and start taking real action to support the over 1.7 million men and women who have served and continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. We look forward to meeting with members of Congress in two weeks to galvanize support around legislation that is so critical to a generation of heroes and their families,” Rieckhoff added.

To see the full 2009 Legislative Agenda please visit:

To arrange an interview with IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff or Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Bowers, or to learn more about IAVA’s upcoming “Storm the Hill” trip, please contact Chrissy Stevens at (212) 982-9699 or

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( is the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 125,000 veteran members and civilian supporters nationwide. Its mission is to improve the lives of this country’s newest generation of veterans and their families


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