2nd Annual CIAV Conference May 4-8, 2009 – Washington, D.C.

Answering President Barack Obama’s call to national service, “I ask all Americans to make a renewed commitment to serving their community and their country. We’re going to have to take responsibility – all of us,”the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV) held its Second Annual Conference, bringing together the voices of over 50 military and veteran service organizations to convene and address vital issues facing active duty, veterans, their families, and their survivors.

To see a complete program of the conference, click here.

Next Steps

Please read the 2nd Annual CIAV Conference Report:

Moving Forward and Making a Difference

Military Times wrote a great article about the conference titled Experts: Vets Need More Comprehensive Care.

“As organizations throughout the U.S. work to help combat veterans, the Coalition for Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans decided to bring them all together so they could share knowledge about what they’re doing and talk about what still needs to be done. CIAV is a clearinghouse of 50 agencies that seek to help veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Read the full article here.

The First Annual Conference – May 2008

The First Annual Conference helped us to utilize our collective resources and embark on a long-term strategic planning process with simple goals: to ensure access to appropriate quality resources for military, veterans, families and survivors. Moving forward, we hope to capitalize on our individual strengths and work together to break down barriers between the military and civilian community to build a stronger, more effective, more efficient, more caring and more comprehensive system of care for decades to come.

For a full report on the 1st Annual Conference, read:

“Moving Forward: Strengthening Services for our Military, Veterans, Families, and Survivors” (pdf document).