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    IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA

    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for new veterans, with over 200,000 Member Veterans 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. Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, our mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.

    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.

    GET IN TOUCH

    Contact IAVA if you have questions or drop in and say hello:
    New York Headquarters
    292 Madison Ave, 10th Floor
    New York, NY 10017
    (212) 982-9699
    Washington, DC Office
    777 North Capitol, NE Suite 403
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 544-7692

    ABOUT THIS TOOL

    IAVA's "The Wait We Carry" tool is designed to allow veterans—not the V.A.—to tell their disability claims story. We ask veterans and veteran family members to fill out a brief, but comprehensive, survey in which they not only report the details about their claims, but also describe the emotional and financial toll the process has taken on them.

    Our tool is designed to show that, behind every piece of data, is a person. We hope that data presented in such a way will encourage reporters and the public at large to look deeper into this issue and ultimately demand accountability and change from the V.A.

    IAVA partnered with Periscopic, an industry-leading information visualization firm, to create this interactive tool. This site was funded with a generous grant from the Knight Foundation.

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