The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit organization for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Founded in 2004 by Paul Rieckhoff (an Army Lieutenant and former investment banker) the IAVA boasts more than 125,000 members nationwide.
The self-described mission of the IAVA is “to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.” To further this mission, the IAVA:
- Educates the public about veterans’ issues
- Fosters a community for troops, veterans and their families
- Advocates on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
If you are a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, you are eligible to become a member of IAVA. Supporters not meeting these criteria, can also become members of the organization. There is no charge to join the IAVA.