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This Memorial Day Honor, Remember, #GoSilent

Leigh Pechillo | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Leigh Pechillo

Memorial Day isn't about those who came home to their families. It is about those brave souls who died in a strange land, who never got to say goodbye, never got married, never saw their children grow up.

Vets for Bernie: Why Thousands of Veterans Are Rallying Behind an Unexpected Candidate

Eric Gunlefinger | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Eric Gunlefinger

He may not be the candidate you'd expect thousands of us to throw our support behind, but we know firsthand the costs of war, and we know an ally to our cause when we see one.

Straight Talk on Veteran Suicide

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

I want to focus on one troubling truism that research has unfortunately made quasi-axiomatic: It's not the deployments -- their intensity, their frequency, or their number -- that contribute to the epidemic of military suicide.

Daniel Marans

Post-9/11 Veterans Group Asks Americans To #GoSilent For Memorial Day | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has launched its fourth annual #GoSilent campaign, asking Americans to observe a moment of silence for...

Adapt and Overcome

Tireak C. Tulloch | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Tireak C. Tulloch

By current estimates, 22 veterans every day are choosing to end their own lives. I can't help but wonder about my own experiences and how fortunate I've been thus far hanging on to this roller coaster called post-military life.

Driving on the Right Side

Brent Miller | Posted 11.30.2014 | Sports
Brent Miller

It was nearly five years ago when I asked my NASCAR-loving former college roommate, Bill Gross, to give me a list of up-and-coming race car drivers. It was an interesting world that I -- and millions like me -- knew nothing about, yet clearly one that dominated the American sports culture.

The High Stakes Facing Our Veterans

Jeff Hensley | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Jeff Hensley

In a single year, we lose more veterans to suicide than the total number of combat fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Male veterans under the age of 30 are three times more likely to kill themselves than their civilian counterparts.

22 Per Day

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

It's estimated that 22 American veterans die by suicide every day. That's nearly one every hour, of every day, of every week, of every month. That's over 8,000 veterans every year. And that number almost included Kris Goldsmith.

7 Surefire Ways to Be Successful After the Military

Mike Liguori | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Mike Liguori

Life after the military can be challenging, so to help you get started, here are seven ways to help you become successful after the military.

Vets to Congress: #FinishThe4

Tom Tarantino | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Tom Tarantino

For most Americans, the effects of congressional inactivity trickles down to their daily lives, but generally takes a while to be fully felt. For veterans and military families who count on Congress to maintain the benefits and services they need for daily life, the effects are immediate and potentially devastating.

Head of Group Charged With Protecting Student Vets Joins For-Profit College Lobby

David Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
David Halperin

The lobbying group of America's for-profit colleges, APSCU, announced today that Michael Dakduk is its new Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs. Dakduk had just left the job of executive director of the Student Veterans of America (SVA). You heard that right.

Vets: We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Government

Tom Tarantino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Tarantino

Veterans should never again be negatively impacted by the Congressional gridlock that caused the government shutdown. Congress should swiftly pass the Putting Veterans Funding First Act that would fully fund the VA one year in advance.

The Familiar Stench of Hypocrisy on Veterans Mental Health Care

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

In the case of a recent DoD decision regarding the mental health of our service members, evem Churchill's old line about Americans understates our capacity for doing the wrong thing over and over again.

Government Shutdown FAQ for Veterans

Tom Tarantino | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Tom Tarantino

While veterans may be more protected than other constituencies, a government shutdown does not bode well for top priorities within the veterans' community.

Pentagon Now Out Front on Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexander Nicholson

The swift expansion of equal marriage recognition and benefits to all Americans -- especially to all who serve -- was the right thing for our country to do, and the Pentagon is now firmly out front in embracing this change.

Suicide: The Biggest Issue for New Veterans

Jason Hansman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Jason Hansman

According to alarming results from a new survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, 30 percent of members surveyed have considered taking their own life...

Bold Reform Needed to Fix Military's Sexual Assault Problem

Derek Bennett | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Derek Bennett

We believe there must be a complete break with the status quo -- not simply changes around the edges -- to strengthen how the military responds to and handles instances of sexual assault.

Doing Right by Veterans With College Tuition Fairness

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

The New GI Bill is a great tool to help transform the New Greatest Generation of service members into a new generation of scholars, entrepreneurs, citizens and civilian leaders. It is only fair that we evolve this benefit and improve the impact of this investment in those who have fought.

We Will Not Go Away

Tireak C. Tulloch | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Tireak C. Tulloch

This week, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will hold their annual Storm the Hill Campaign in Washington, D.C. Storm the Hill. Dozens of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from across the country meet with lawmakers, tell their stories and urge them to pass legislation.

A Veteran's Suicide on 60 Minutes: Lessons Learned?

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The 60 Minutes piece last Sunday on the life and death of Clay Hunt, a Marine who earned a Purple Heart serving in the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrated how much we have yet to learn about the epidemic of suicide in our returning troops and veterans.

From the Marine Corps to My Career

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhile I have been fortunate in my transition from combat to career, my friends' stories and these statistics paint a picture that demands action.

The Power of Partnerships

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

It's actually pretty simple. Innovative, research-based programs are what set apart the organizations that are making real transformative change.

10 Ways To Give Back On Black Friday

Posted 11.23.2012 | Impact

Sure, Black Friday is that perfect holiday hangover cure that gets you to stop stuffing your face and start filling up on discounted electronics, clot...

The War Against Suicide

Tom Tarantino | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Tom Tarantino

Shockingly, in the years since 9/11, about 3,000 military members have lost their lives to suicide. It's shocking but true: Almost as many military members have taken their life as have lost theirs to IEDs.

IAVA Vets Have Brian Williams... and He's Enough

Liz Smith | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York
Liz Smith

IAVA's No. 1 military honoree was, of course, a "no-show." But he wasn't even missed in an evening under Brian Williams' emcee stewardship. It was an evening that whizzed by and went from patriotic good feelings to heroic heights.