It is with regret that we announce that the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans has come to an end. We are so grateful for the generosity of our donor, the Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund and the California Community Foundation for recognizing the needs of military, veterans, families and survivors. The CIAV served as a clearinghouse for over 50 agencies working in areas as diverse as the impact of deployment on small children, direct emergency financial aid, state-of-the-art PTSD and TBI treatment, and access to education, employment, housing and earned benefits. Groups also continue to deliver indispensible peer support for trauma survivors and families whose loved ones will never return.

We wish to acknowledge the members of the CIAV and all the individuals and organizations who have come together during this critical time to ensure that the needs of those directly impacted by the wars receive the support they have earned. We understand that no one entity or agency cannot and should not do all that is needed to support our military and veteran community. It requires the commitment of government at all levels, national and community-based non-profit service agencies, the private sector and our individual communities to serve those who have served.

By working together with our CIAV partners and others, we have better used our areas of expertise to recognize and respond to the men and women returning from deployment. But there is much work to be done. Even though the Coalition is coming to a close, the services for veterans and dedication to supporting veterans and their families will continue. We have forged strong relationships and learned so much from working together.

For more information on agencies whose tremendous work touches the lives of those impacted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for reports developed by our partners and staff, click here.

Sincerely,
Amy Fairweather, JD
Director


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American Hero Books™ are insert your own picture™ books for the infant-preschool age children of US military members and first responders. These books help the young child understand and feel proud of Daddy or Mommy’s very important job and keep Daddy or Mommy present in the child’s mind while that parent is away during training and deployment. Read, march, and bark along with our fun and simple descriptions and insert your own picture over those printed in the book to see Mommy or Daddy at work as a US Service Member.

The American Hero Books™ series is the signature line of books produced by Heart Star READ MORE »

Combat to Community Cultural Competence Training Prepares Law Enforcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, please contact:

Colleen Corliss, Communications Director

Office: 415-655-7248; Mobile: 202-415-6101 (media only)

Email: ccorliss(at)stp-sf.org

Responding to Recent Violence Perpetrated by Iraq Veterans READ MORE »

VA To Host Major Veteran Career Fair in Washington D.C.

Federal Agencies, Private Sector Companies Partner to Hire Veterans on the Spot

WASHINGTON — Answering the President’s call to expand employment opportunities for America’s Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs will host a major Veteran-focused career fair and exposition with thousands of public and private-sector on-the-spot hiring opportunities for Veterans on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Washington.  Senior VA officials are expected to attend the event, which will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention READ MORE »

Widow: After 8 Deployments, Army Ranger Takes Own Life

Wash. – A soldier’s widow says his fellow Army Rangers wouldn’t do anything to help him before he took his own life – after eight deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Army found Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann’s body at a training area of Joint Base Lewis McChord a few weeks ago.

A spokesman for the base tells KOMO News that the nature of the death is still undetermined. But Staff Sgt. Hagemann’s widow says her husband took his own life – and it didn’t need to happen.

“It was just horrible. And he would just cry,” says Ashley Hagemann. READ MORE »

Studies on Female Vets Influence VA Health Care

The large number of women serving in the military and in combat zones for extended periods is producing reams of data that will shape health care and programs for female service members and veterans for years to come, analysts say.

With nearly 214,000 women on active duty and roughly 240,000 women having deployed to operational theaters since 2001, researchers are poring over information and interviewing female veterans to study a host of issues.

More studies have been produced on women in the military in the past six years than were issued in READ MORE »

Meeting the Needs of Todays Warriors and Their Families

From 2006 to 2010, an anonymous donor (since revealed) invested approximately $250 million in the well-being of service members, veterans, families and survivors impacted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The funds were distributed to over 50 organizations, including the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV), to build a network of care, to shepherd ties between grantee agencies serving individuals and build public/private partnerships with our colleagues in the DoD, VA, Department of Labor, and other relevant government entities. This investment has been phenomenal, and services have grown and matured, but we find ourselves facing new challenges in a tough economy. READ MORE »

Vets With PTSD, Government Reach Settlement

WASHINGTON — More than a thousand Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder would be given lifetime disability retirement benefits such as military health insurance under the terms of a settlement reached between the government and the veterans.

Attorneys for the veterans, the Justice Department and the military jointly filed a motion on Thursday that spelled out the terms. The settlement must be approved by a judge to be final.

It also affects another thousand veterans who already had lifetime retirement benefits, but would READ MORE »

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