Thursday, December 20, 2007

Consider supporting the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

What a year. In 2007, IAVA grew faster and accomplished more than ever before. People like you continue to demonstrate that they're committed to making sure our veterans get a fair deal, and the support we've received has been inspiring.
Small donations from supporters like you have added up, and we're two-thirds of the way to our year-end fundraising goal. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Now, as this year draws to a close, I want to give you a very quick look into just two of the many initiatives IAVA has planned for early 2008.
IAVA Issue Reports
As one of our supporters, you know a lot more about the issues facing veterans than most people. Unfortunately, many Americans still don't know much about PTSD, or Traumatic Brain Injuries. One of our main goals has always been to help educate the public about these issues, and in 2008 we're taking a major step towards doing just that.
In January we will officially release the IAVA Issue Reports - authoritative publications on the biggest areas of concern for veterans, including Education, Mental Health, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and VA Health Care. These will serve as comprehensive resources for concerned citizens, journalists, and members of government.
2008 Legislative Agenda
In 2007, we released the first IAVA Legislative Agenda, which laid out concrete steps lawmakers could take to really support troops and veterans, and it was a huge success. The Agenda was the most comprehensive list of veterans' legislative issues available, and we've already seen considerable progress on six of our seven Legislative Priorities. The 2008 version adds some new priorities, including the need to fix the shortage of trained mental health professionals at the VA and a much-needed overhaul of the veterans' disability system.
These are just a few of the things we're working on behind the scenes, and none of it would be possible without your support. Thanks to an amazing outpouring from our supporters, we've updated our year-end fund raising goal to $30,000. To those of you who have already contributed - thank you. If you haven't, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today.
Again, thank you for standing with Iraq and Afghanistan troops and veterans in 2007. Over the next few days, as you're celebrating the holidays, please take a minute to think about the brave men and women currently deployed around the world.

From everyone at IAVA - best wishes for a safe and happy New Year.
Paul Rieckhoff Iraq Veteran Executive Director Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

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