Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest organization for new veterans and their families, with nearly 300,000 members and supporters nationwide. IAVA is a 21st century veterans organization dedicated to standing with the 2.6 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives.
IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for America. The organization works toward this vision through programs that support new veterans in the key areas of: health, education, employment and building a lasting community for vets and their families. IAVA creates impact through assistance to veterans and their families, raising awareness about veterans' issues, and advocacy for supportive policy at all levels of government.
Community of Veterans (CoV) is the premier social network for veterans and their supporters. It's the one stop shop for all your community needs: get peer support through online groups, plan and attend member-led events using our Events tool, access IAVA resources, or just have fun discussing the issues of the day. Think of it as a 21st century veterans hall here to serve you and help you serve others. So come on in and make yourself at home.
VetTogethers are community. Veterans and supporters share in a common goal: to (re)build camaraderie. Driven by our growing member base, VetTogethers boost local leaders who foster a strong peer network and keep conversations going with every monthly event. VetTogethers ensure that connections are forged whether you're a veteran transitioning home, a retiree looking for a way to give back or a student hoping to engage with your peers.
IAVA works tirelessly to ensure that Iraq and Afghanistan vets and their families are supported, protected and never forgotten. Since 2004, IAVA has been a juggernaut in Washington. IAVA has created and driven the national conversation on issues like the New GI Bill, the VA disability benefits backlog, women's issues, mental health, and unemployment.