FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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Congress Passes Broad Defense Bill Supporting Troops, New Veterans
Critical Provisions Address Invisible Wounds, Military Sexual Trauma
NEW YORK - Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the country's first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, applauded the Senate for bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This vital legislation will support troops and new veterans by expanding access to DoD mental health counselors, improving post-deployment screenings for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and creating a comprehensive policy on Military Sexual Trauma (MST) prevention and response.
“Iraq and Afghanistan veterans applaud Congress for reaching a bipartisan compromise on the Defense Bill. On the heels of the Afghanistan assessment, this vital legislation will do more than just keep the lights on at the Pentagon while our country fights two wars. The authorization includes critical provisions which will expand screening for invisible wounds and improve the military’s response to Military Sexual Trauma,” said IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff. “In the next 24 hours, Congress must act swiftly to pass the 9/11 First Responders bill to ensure the brave men and women who risked their lives at Ground Zero have the support and care they deserve. IAVA is hopeful that the new Congress will carry this momentum into next year to address high rates of suicide and tackle veteran unemployment. We look forward to working with incoming House Speaker Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Reid and both parties on Capitol Hill to show our troops and new veterans we have their backs.”
To learn more about NDAA’s key provisions addressing urgent issues impacting troops and new veterans, click here.
To arrange an interview with IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff, Deputy Executive Director Todd Bowers, contact Isabel Black, 212-982-9699, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the country's first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. Its mission is to improve the lives of this country's newest generation of veterans and their families.